The president of the Comunidad of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has said that it is “probable” that ” practically all children” will be infected by the coronavirus from family, friends or public spaces during the course of the coming school year.
The statement made during a radio interview today with the broadcaster esRadio came as the regions 1,200,000 pupils are set to return to school over the coming weeks.
The regional premier said that schools would carry out PCR screenings in order to safeguard against contagion on campus and any pupils found positive would be sent home where they would be offered online options to continue with the course work.
She added that schools would be “the most secure” environments with daily temperature checks for pupils amongst a myriad of health and hygiene protocols in place as well as reduced class sizes to a maximum of 20 pupils each.
However the Partido Popular headed coalition government faced heavy criticism as thousands of teachers were given less than 12 hours notice to appear at covid testing centres today to be tested for the virus. The lack of coordination has caused massive queues and chaotic scenes with commentators describing the testing venues as “overun” and the PSOE opposition calling the system “irresponsible”and a” disaster”.
Madrid is presently experiencing a continual surge in the number of new coronavirus cases with some 14.871 of the 49.399 registered cases in Spain in the last week.
To date Spain has registered 471,000 Covid 19 cases with 29,152 deaths.