German state of Bavaria closes schools to slow coronavirus epidemic

German state of Bavaria closes schools to slow coronavirus epidemic
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The German state of Bavaria will close all schools, kindergartens and nurseries from Monday until the start of the Easter break on April 6 due to the coronavirus epidemic, APA reports citing Reuters.

Calls have been growing for Germany to follow the bulk of its European neighbors in shuttering schools to help slow the spread of the virus, but in Germany’s highly devolved system, only regional governments can make that call.

In addition to the wealthy southern state, the tiny western state of Saarland also said on Friday that it would close its schools. Three other states, including North Rhine Westphalia, Germany’s largest, are due to decide on school closures on Friday.

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