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Coronavirus: 40,000 Digital Thermometers Sent to Schools

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.01.

The government has provided 40,000 digital thermometers to schools nationwide to ensure that children’s temperatures are checked on arrival, the state secretary for public education told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio on Thursday.

Zoltán Maruzsa said that schools with over 400 kids were now equipped with temperature scanning gates where the temperatures of 8-10 children could be taken in one go.

Coronavirus: Mandatory Temperature Check in Schools Starts on Thursday
Coronavirus: Mandatory Temperature Check in Schools Starts on Thursday

A mandatory temperature check for students and teachers will be introduced in schools tomorrow, October 1st. The temperature limit is set by the national chief medical officer at 37.8 degrees Celsius- if the child’s temperature is above that, they will be sent home. Several people oppose the measure and have raised concerns, such as who […]Continue reading

He said mandatory checks at schools effective from October 1 were a part of joint efforts against the spread of coronavirus, and noted that children with temperatures over 37.8 C will be isolated.

So far, 30 kindergartens and 6 schools have been temporarily closed due to the presence of the virus in those communities, while in 134 schools individual classes have switched to digital education for the same reason, Maruzsa said. He also added that no schools have reported have high numbers of infection.

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