Children in Serbia have returned to school after a month at home, as the national government decided that ending the damage to their education outweighed risks of pupils spreading COVID-19.
The country's entire education system was shut down in December after 7,999 daily cases were reported on December 2. The number had dropped by almost 80 percent this week to 1,688, enabling the government to send pupils back into the classroom.
Opinion remains divided among Serbians on the decision to re-open schools but the government says its plans to stagger classroom teaching for pupils should allay any health concerns.
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