AGI – Suspension of face-to-face teaching activities for primary and secondary schools from 16 to 30 October, but also for universities, with the exception of first year students. This is what is foreseen by an order of the president of the Campania Region, Vincenzo De Luca, which is in the process of being published and which is arriving after the new surge in infections. “In relation to the existing epidemiological situation – reads a note from the Region – strict measures have been adopted with the double aim of limiting the circumstances of dangerous gatherings in every area, private and public, and with the aim of maximum mobility difficult to control “.
During the night, the premier’s criticism arrived from Brussels Giuseppe Conte: “In my opinion, closing the school as a whole is not the best solution,” he said at the end of the first day of the European Council. “It is a solution that seems close at hand, very easy, but it is not the best sign from the point of view of the kids. Now – added Conte – allow us to speak: we need to collaborate with the local authorities, our strength to deal with this proof of the second wave is to collaborate, to collaborate “. It is true that “the individual regions can adopt more restrictive measures. I simply say, with a first assessment, that closing all schools immediately is not the best sign“.
In addition to the stop to teaching in the presence, due to the “very high level of contagion also recorded in families and deriving from contacts in the school world “, the ordinance prohibits” parties, also resulting from civil or religious ceremonies, in public places, open public and private, indoors or outdoors, with guests who are not part of the cohabiting family ” .
The activities of playful and recreational clubs are also suspended, it is recommended that the competent bodies and offices differentiate the daily service hours of staff in attendance. In addition, it is done to all catering establishments ban on sales with take-out from 9 pm, while delivery without time limits is allowed.
The decision of the president of the Campania Region immediately aroused the reaction of the Minister for Education Lucia Azzolina. “Very serious and deeply wrong” commented the minister who spoke of “De Luca’s inappropriate fury against schools: he was the last to reopen them and the first to close them. School at this time is instead the safest place for our children, not only for the health aspect but also for other reasons. Campania should keep them open “.
For Azzolina it is “unacceptable to leave students at home in the face of low numbers of infections” in this sector, and “then in the face of priority, schools should be the last thing to close”.
“I consider it appropriate to recall the data communicated to me by the regional task force”, he defended himself, By Luca. “Today October 15, the positive swabs registered in Campania were 1,127 out of 13,780, equal to 8.1% compared to 7.1% yesterday. As regards the world of school – he specified -, here are the data referring to Naples and Caserta: Asl Napoli 1 infected 120 between pupils and teachers; Asl Napoli 2 infected 110 between students and teachers; Asl Napoli 3 infected 200 pupils and 50 teachers, with about 70 related cases; Asl Caserta infected 61 between students and teachers “. “Dozens of these infections are direct contacts – he underlined -, and I was traced through contact tracing “.