Minister of Health Paulette Lenert provided this information in her response to an urgent parliamentary enquiry from MP Martine Hansen (CSV).
In the first week of the new school year, 185 children between the age of 3 and 12 tested positive for Covid-19. Via the contact tracing system, a total of 2,400 children were then identified to have been in contact with confirmed cases, out of which 1,850 had to quarantine as a preventive measure.
In her response, Minister Lenert further underlines that the Covid hotline is currently not overloaded and that there are also no delays in the contact tracing process. She further conveyed that in case pupils declare a positive rapid test made at home, they do not automatically receive an invitation for a PCR test.
Minister Lenert also cleared up how unvaccinated and unrecovered children have to behave in case one or two infections are discovered in a single class. While they should be encouraged to quarantine, they are allowed to continue going to school, under the condition that they have to wear masks and participate in reinforced testing.
Only in case three people test positive in a single class, every pupil is forced to quarantine, even if they are vaccinated. If a majority of children have to stay home, classes are to be held in digital format.