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Back to school in the worst of the pandemic is ‘denialism’, says Bebel

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São Paulo – For the president of the Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp), deputy Maria Izabel Noronha, to Bebel (PT), the governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB), adopts a “negationist” posture by forcing them to return to face-to-face classes in the public network. With this stance, the governor also contradicts himself, since at the same time he claims to be a defender of science and has worked hard in the search for the vaccine.

Against the hasty return to the classrooms, which do not have adequate infrastructure for the safe return of activities, the teachers of the state network declared a strike starting this Monday (8).

“He (Doria) ran after the vaccine. But his attitude becomes a negotiator, when he does not want to recognize that the classroom is a favorable environment for students to take the virus home or bring it to the teacher ”, said Bebel, in an interview with Current Brazil Newspaper, this Monday (8).

According to the director, most classrooms do not have adequate ventilation conditions, for example. There is also a lack of restrooms for students and teachers to ensure proper hygiene. On the other hand, the pandemic figures point to a more serious situation now than in March last year, when schools were closed.

Bebel stressed that most of them are poor students from the periphery who do not have conditions of isolation in their homes. In addition, the mothers and fathers of these students had to return to work, leaving them more exposed to the risk of contamination. Another complicating factor is that most professionals use public transportation to travel from home to the teaching units.

Vaccination

According to the deputy, this time, the teachers’ strike is “for life”. They demand the inclusion of education professionals in priority groups for vaccination against the new coronavirus. Meanwhile, they argue that pedagogical activities should be maintained remotely. But, for that, it is up to the Public Power to provide tablets and computers with internet access for students of the network.

Bad examples

The leader also highlighted outbreaks of contagion by the new coronavirus in private schools, which resumed on-site activities about two weeks ago. She cited the case of a school in Campinas, in the interior of São Paulo, which had 39 employees and eight students infected by the disease days after the return of face-to-face activities.

She also pointed out that the health crisis in Manaus, with patients dying from lack of oxygen and having to be transferred to other states, was preceded by the return to classes on the private network. Internationally, there are also many examples of countries that registered an increase in the number of cases days after the resumption of face-to-face classes.

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil

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Opera Mundi – Argentina decided on Sunday (28) to extend the deadline for closing air and land borders with Brazil until March 12, extending the previous decree that determined that they should reopen as of this Monday (1st) ).

Argentine health authorities considered it necessary to maintain the blockade at the borders and a 50% reduction in flights between the two countries.

The country is also closed to foreigners from other neighboring countries and the United Kingdom. Only Argentineans or residents can enter.

According to the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, the measure is taken “in a preventive manner until knowledge about the new Brazilian variant of the virus deepens”.

Brazil has been experiencing the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks. The moving average of deaths in the last seven days broke a new record and reached 1,180. With 50,840 new diagnoses registered in one day, the number of cases in the country is already over 10.5 million.

Vaccination in Argentina

While seeing its neighbor in the worst scenario of the pandemic, Argentina is advancing in vaccination against covid-19. There are already more than 903 thousand doses applied.

This week, the Argentine laboratory Richmond announced a partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing the Sputnik V vaccine nationwide.

On the night of last Friday (26), Argentina received 96 thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine against covid-19. According to the Minister of Health, these doses have already started to be distributed on Saturday.

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