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Biden could have Senate majority with Democratic victory in Georgia



OperaMundi – Senate candidate for the Democratic Party for Georgia, Raphael Warnock, won the election dispute against Republican Kelly Loeffler late on Tuesday (5). With 98% qualified, Warnock obtained 50.6%, against 49.4% for Loeffler, an irreversible difference. The result brings Democrats, the party of President-elect Joe Biden, closer to the Senate majority. The association already controls the House and, as of January 20, the White House

With the victory, Warnock will be the first black senator elected by the southern state and became the first Democrat to win the race in Georgia in more than 20 years. “Georgia, I am honored by the trust you have placed in me. I will go to the Senate to work for all Georgians, ”said the reverend.

In addition, Warnock’s victory causes the Senate to have 49 Democrats and 50 Republicans, leaving the definition of the majority for the last race, between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican David Perdue.

At this point in the poll, Ossoff is an outspoken favorite to win – as in the general election, the majority of the votes yet to come are from suburban Atlanta and Savannah, where Democrats are very strong. The newspaper The New York Times gives Ossoff a 95% chance of winning.

When Ossoff’s victory is confirmed, the Senate will return to the Democratic command, since, in the event of an eventual tie in votes, the casting vote will be given by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Georgia is going to the polls again because, in the November 3 dispute, none of the four candidates managed to get 50% of the citizens’ votes.

Hard blow to Trump

According to state data, more than three million citizens voted in advance – about 40% of those entitled to vote. If the two Democrats’ victory is confirmed, it would be yet another hard blow to Trump in a state that was dominated by Republicans for decades.

In the November elections, the Republican was defeated and always claimed, without being able to prove, that there was fraud in the results. Over the weekend, an audio published by the newspaper The Washington Post showed Trump pressuring Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” votes in his favor and reverse the ballot results

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Municipal schools in São Paulo record 3 deaths and 386 cases of covid-19 after returning to school




São Paulo – Municipal schools in the city of São Paulo had three deaths from covid-19 and 569 confirmed cases among students and professionals in 256 teaching units, according to a survey by the five unions that organize municipal education workers. Some of the teachers and other education workers are still on strike demanding the suspension of face-to-face classes due to the high risk of contamination by the new coronavirus, in addition to the imminent risk of collapse in health. The Municipal Secretary of Education of the government Bruno Covas (PSDB) does not divulge the cases and says only that 12 schools had to be closed since the beginning of classes.

For workers, there are no safe conditions for resuming face-to-face classes in schools in the city of São Paulo, especially in the midst of the worsening pandemic. Among the main problems, they point to the lack of ventilation in the classrooms, materials for protection and hygiene – such as 70% alcohol gel and masks distributed by the Covas government – of low quality, impossibility to maintain the distance in early childhood education units, lack of teachers, lack of support teams.


The Covas government itself assumed that the preparation of the schools was insufficient when, two days before the return to school, it began to inform families that the resumption would be postponed, because 530 schools were still under renovation or without cleaning staff hired to work in the units.

Workers also point out that there is a lack of clarity in the protocols for cases of covid-19 in schools. In some regions, only the person with symptoms is excluded. In others, everyone who had contact. In still others, the entire school is closed. Workers attribute this situation to the dismantling of the Health Surveillance Coordination (Covisa), last year, the body responsible for defining health rules, but which today is subordinate to the Municipal Secretary of Health. And, therefore, without decision-making power.

According to the Union of Workers in Public Administration and Municipalities in the Municipality of São Paulo (Sindsep), the resumption of classroom activities in schools in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic was not preceded by a technical opinion that estimated the risks, made projections and defined clearly the procedures when cases of covid-19 appeared in schools. Sindsep says that the information was passed on by professionals from the Municipal Health Secretariat, at the Technical Desk of Covid-19, on February 23.

Political and authoritarian

The RBA questioned the Municipal Health Department four times about the technical opinion that supported the resumption of face-to-face classes in schools amid the covid-19 pandemic, but had no answer. Last year, Covisa took a stand against back to school on several occasions. This year, however, the Covas government decided that the resumption could take place even during the red and orange phases of the quarantine, when the risk of contamination by the new coronavirus is substantially greater.

“The decision of Covas and the municipal education secretary, Fernando Padula, in February, was a political decision, without a favorable technical opinion from health experts from the city itself, or from Covisa, an organ that was dismantled by Covas and lost its autonomy . Health was consulted only on the elaboration of protocols for the functioning of schools, but not on the epidemiological risks of reopening at that time. This statement belies the Municipal Department of Education, which has stated that the reopening of schools has been based on the position of the Municipal Department of Health, ”said the president of Sindsep, Sérgio Antiqueira.

Workers are studying to report the situation to the Municipal Health Council and the Public Ministry

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