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Private school students and teachers catch covid-19 after 15 days of classes



São Paulo – After detecting contaminated students and teachers
with covid-19, the private schools Gracinha and Graded suspended classes from
high school that were released November 3 by the mayor of São Paulo,
Bruno Covas (PSDB). Even carrying out few activities, with a maximum of 20% of students
class and security protocols allegedly better than the network
the private network was not able to contain the advancement of the coronavirus in its
units, as indicated, still in August, a study made by researchers from
three countries. But that was ignored by the municipal and state governments.

According to the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, the private schools Gracinha and Graded confirmed that there were cases of covid-19 among students. The São Luís school did not inform if there was confirmation, but it also informed the parents of the suspension of high school and extracurricular activities for students in early childhood education and in the early years of elementary school (from the 1st to the 5th year).

At Graded School, located in Morumbi, cases of covid-19 were confirmed in six students. In addition, 17 teachers are suspected of being infected. “Positive cases in our community have increased and, consequently, have impeded our ability to remain fully operational for face-to-face education,” the school said in a statement to parents.

The Gracinha school, located in Itaim Bibi, had the confirmation
of a 2nd year high school student with covid-19 and other cases
suspects. “In view of the increase in the number of covid-19 cases in the city,
confirmed cases at school, suspected cases between staff and students and
the need to isolate contaminated persons, as well as all those
had contact with them, we opted to suspend the reception activities, the
reinforcement and in-person classes at the school ”, informed the school.

Despite the registration of cases of covid-19 among teachers and students from private schools, the Union of Educational Establishments in the State (Sieeesp) filed a public civil action, on the 10th, for the city of São Paulo to be obliged to release regular classes at all stages of teaching, with at least 50% of students.

Risks already pointed out

Also in September, prosecutor Daniel Augusto Gaiotto, from the São Paulo Public Ministry of Labor (MPT-SP), had already pointed out that the security protocols prepared by private schools to prevent covid-19 back to school were “weak, very superficial “. Gaiotto also said that “the provision document should be something much more elaborate. He seems more concerned with the students, nothing says about the teacher ”.

In addition, researchers from the interdisciplinary group Ação Covid-19 and Rede Escola Pública created a simulator indicating that, even with all safety protocols being followed, back to school in São Paulo would cause contamination by covid-19 in up to 46.35 % of students and teachers after three months. This considering only elementary and high school students. Even following the rules established by the João Doria government (PSDB), up to 35% of students participate in classroom activities at a time. And starting from just one infected person.

According to the survey, a 6.86% attendance limit would be required to ensure the safety of the school community, which would make school reopening impossible. The tests considered that most people would respect the rules of hygiene, the use of masks and the social distance of 1.5 meters. And that there would only be three crossings between them per day: at the entrance, at the exit and at recess. Even so, the contamination had a high potential.

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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