German top scientific body recommends reopening of some schools

The German National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina, said the government could begin to safely reopen some primary and secondary schools while still observing hygiene rules to help limit the spread of the new coronavirus, dpa reported.

The influential academy's recommended on Monday that restarting some schools would help normalize new hygiene regulations and help revive public life, but cautioned that new infections needed to remain at a manageable level for the changes to occur. The academy, based in the town of Halle, also said the government should require people to wear masks on public transport. Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose government is weighing what steps to take next as the country looks to emerge from lockdown, had described Leopoldina's findings as being "very important" to their decisions. The majority of Germans are against lifting the restrictions on movement put in place to stop the spread of the virus, a survey shows.

The academy also put forward other suggestions to gradually return life to normal, saying that shops, restaurants and government offices should be reopened, but that private and business travel and the vast majority of public events should be only incrementally reinstated.

According to a dpa tally, at least 124,189 infections were registered in Germany by Monday morning, with 2,834 deaths.

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