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Former Health Minister goes to TCU against agglomerations at Enem



São Paulo – Former Health Minister and Federal Deputy Alexandre Padilha (PT-SP) filed for representation at the Federal Audit Court (TCU) asking for an investigation into the lack of sanitary conditions during the first stage of the National High School Exam (Enem) amid the advance of the pandemic. During the application of the test last Sunday (17) students denounced agglomerations in the implementation of Enem throughout the country, and that the limit of 50% of capacity in the test places was not respected.

The participants even reported that they were prevented from taking the test due to the overcrowding of the rooms. Even so, according to the Public Defender’s Office (DPU), the occupancy rate was 80% in several places, which did not prevent the agglomerations from marking the Enem. Many students, even, had already given up taking the exam, which registered an abstention of 51%, due to the danger of contagion.

Padilha warns of the “incompetence, management inability and health irresponsibility of the managers involved”. And he says that the completion of the second stage of Enem next Sunday (25) will result in an increase in public expenditure, due to the likely risk of contamination.

Urgent measure

The ex-minister requires, as an urgent measure, that the National Institute for Educational Research Anísio Teixeira (Inep) and the Ministry of Education be determined to respect the health protocols for preventing and combating the pandemic for the realization of new dates, “avoiding thus, to hold massive events and agglomerations without any preparation for this, causing unnecessary displacements and exposing thousands of young Brazilian students to risk ”.

In addition to the explanations of the facts reported, Padilha also asks that the public managers involved in this “disastrous event” be held responsible.


For those who did not perform the exam because they had symptoms of covid-19, and who proved this condition, between January 25 and 29, they can request to reapply the test. The guidance is also valid for those who took the first test, but showed symptoms throughout this week. The reapplication will take place on February 23 and 24.

According to the president of Inep, Alexandre Lopes, the reapplication is also valid for those who were prevented from participating in the race due to overcrowding. This alternative was also defended by the National Students Union (UNE) and by the Brazilian Union of Secondary Students (Ubes).

Ubes has even created a virtual channel so that participants can report irregularities that occurred in this edition of Enem. From them, the entity will enter judicial and extra judicial measures in defense of students.

The reapplication is also valid for students from Amazonas and from the cities of Rolim de Moura and Espigão do Oeste, in Rondônia. They had the application of the suspended test due to the worsening of the pandemic in these regions.

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil




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.

* With Sputnik

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