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Justice bar back to school in São Paulo in the red and orange phases



São Paulo – The São Paulo court ordered the suspension of the return to face-to-face classes throughout the state of São Paulo. The decision is valid as long as the red or orange quarantine phases are in force, as established by the São Paulo Plan. Judge Simone Gomes Rodrigues, from the 9th Public Finance Court, granted an injunction at the request of six entities representing education professionals. And the sentence applies to municipal, state, federal and public and private schools. The lawsuit challenges determinations of Decree 65.384 / 20 and Resolution SEDUC 95/2020, of the government of João Doria (PSDB). This is because these government actions forced teachers to resume activities, even in the red and orange phases of quarantine. The São Paulo government will appeal the decision.

“The current situation of the health crisis does not justify the resumption of face-to-face classes in schools located in areas classified in the orange and red phases, in the name of protecting the right to life, which cannot be ignored. Thus, the right to life deserves to prevail, as risking health for the resumption of face-to-face classes, in places where the virus transmission is intense, without vaccination by education professionals, can generate an increase in the number of people infected and killed by the virus. ”, Argued the judge in the decision that suspended the effects of the decree and the resolution. The proposal of the Doria government was that the return to school in São Paulo was mandatory, even in the red or orange phases, with up to 35% of students per class. With the worsening of the pandemic, the toucan retreated and authorized that students and their families could choose to return or not. But teachers continued to be obliged to return as early as February 1st.

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The government has claimed that the loss in student education is very serious and it would no longer be acceptable for schools to remain closed. But prosecutor João Paulo Faustinomi e Silva, from the State Prosecutor’s Office, dismissed this argument. “The educational right, however, in an exceptional and temporary way, can be partially guaranteed with the use of alternatives to classes and face-to-face activities. Without wishing to minimize the educational losses and other negative impacts on the students’ lives, it is certain that varied pedagogical strategies can be adopted, exceptionally, in non-classroom activities and, in the future, when back to school, for recovery ”, he said.

The magistrate also cited the analysis of the doctor and doctor in Pathology Paulo Hilário Nascimento Saldiva, who stressed that there is no security for education professionals who have contact with students in closed environments, without vaccination coverage, when returning to face-to-face classes in São Paulo.

“Such a scenario becomes even more relevant as education professionals, in a context of returning to face-to-face activities, will not only be exposed in the classroom, but also in trips made by public transport, a space that, notoriously, provides great concentration of people. In other words, there is a risk of exposure to the virus both on the way home to the teaching units, due to the interaction with students, and also on public transport, forced interaction with other adults, as both are places of human beings’ , defended Saldiva. For him, it is impossible to talk about 100% protection against covid-19 indoors.

Extending vulnerability to covid-19

“The above scenario makes me say, as a conclusion, that the return to school without education professionals being vaccinated is important to increase their vulnerability to covid-19, drawing a scenario in which it is not possible to guarantee their right to health and the right to life, even, as stated, with the adoption of insurance measures such as the offer of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and hygiene supplies ”, continued the doctor.

The unions of teachers and education workers have been mobilizing on several fronts against back to school in São Paulo in the current situation. For the president of Apeoesp and state deputy, Professor Bebel (PT), the decision is a “victory of the struggle for life”. “It makes no sense to confine teachers and students in closed and poorly ventilated environments, in places without the proper structure for the implementation of health protocols, such as state schools, just at the moment when the pandemic is worsening,” he said.

Today, seven regions in the state of São Paulo are in the
red quarantine phase. Another 10 are in the orange phase. The average new
covid-19 cases have been over 70 thousand per week, the highest since the
beginning of the pandemic. The average of deaths has been above 220 per day for three
weeks. And the ICU occupancy rate remains above 70% across the state,
although the Doria government has opened 200 new exclusive beds for patients
of covid-19 in the last days.

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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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