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São Paulo teacher is the first victim of covid-19 back to school



São Paulo – The return to mandatory face-to-face classes, amid the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic in São Paulo, took its first victim: teacher Maria Tereza Miguel Couto de Lourenço, 32, who taught at the state school of time full-time Minister José de Moura Rezende, in Caçapava, in the interior of São Paulo, died as a result of the covid-19, on Saturday (20). Two days earlier, her mother also died. The teacher’s death occurs amid an explosion of cases of covid-19 in public and private schools, contaminating students, teachers and other education workers, days before completing a month of the beginning of the process of resuming activities.

Professor Maria Tereza took part in the back to school planning activities, which started on January 26th. At that time, teachers denounced the high risk of contamination by covid-19: rooms with poor ventilation, some of them crowded, 70% available alcohol gel was expired, many schools were still being renovated and had no bathrooms available, among other problems.

The classes in the state public network started on February 8. In the red and orange quarantine phases, the presence of students is not mandatory. Teachers are obliged to go in any situation.

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Since the end of January, the Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp) has been registering confirmed cases of covid-19 among teachers and other education workers in the public network. According to the organization, there are already 851 confirmed cases in 456 schools. Officially, the government of João Doria (PSDB) registered 741 confirmed cases and 1,133 suspected cases, in public and private networks, until February 17.

The president of Apeoesp, state deputy Professor Bebel (PT), expressed sadness and indignation about the death of Maria Tereza. “How many contagions and how many more deaths will have to occur in order for this insanity to cease in the classroom? Today it was that colleague, tomorrow it could be any teacher, forced to work in schools without structure to guarantee their safety ”, said Bebel.

The Secretary of State for Education, Rossieli Soares,
regretted the teacher’s death, but accused Apeoesp of doing a “political act” with
the case.

“Your folly is killing you, Mr. Secretary. This is more of a lie. Who made the decision to keep schools open was not Apeoesp. And it is not Apeoesp that makes political struggles with human lives. But those who care about the health and life of education professionals are, yes, Apeoesp. Rossieli had countless chances to do it differently. He didn’t do it because he doesn’t have the stature to occupy the position of Secretary of State for Education. Your place will always be the rubbish of history ”, replied Bebel.

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Today, the state of São Paulo has beaten the record for people admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) with covid-19. There are 6,387 people in this situation. The previous record had been set on July 14, 2020, when there were 6,173 patients in this situation.

After a slight drop in daily admissions, which
led the João Doria government (PSDB) to loosen stricter measures before
no real effect, 10 of the 17 regions of the state have an upward trend in the
indicator. Just yesterday, 1,667 new hospitalizations were registered in the state and
849 in Greater São Paulo, the worst situation in the last four weeks. And that hits
with the period back to school in São Paulo.

The worsening of the covid-19 pandemic led the city of São Bernardo do Campo to suspend parents’ meetings and withdraw school kits scheduled for the next few days and postpone the return to school scheduled for March 3 indefinitely. The announcement was made today (22).

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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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