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Schools in São Paulo already have 741 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 1,133 suspects



São Paulo – The first assessment of the return to face-to-face classes in São Paulo, determined by the government of João Doria (PSDB), counts 741 confirmed cases of covid-19 in schools, between students and teachers. Of these, 456 cases were in the state network, 14 in the municipal networks and 271, in private. Another 1,133 suspected cases are under analysis. The data are contained in the Education Information and Monitoring System for Covid-19 (Simed), a platform that gathers information on cases of infection in the education networks and were released yesterday (16) by the Secretary of State for Education, Rossieli Soares. The numbers confirm the reasons for the concern of families and opposing workers back to school amid the worst moment of the pandemic in the country.

The data account for cases notified between 2 January and 13 February. In January, state schools opened to provide guidance to students and families about remote education and the delivery of kits, tutoring classes, in addition to planning activities, which started on January 26th. “We received few students in that period, but it was very tumultuous. There were problems in planning, rooms without ventilation, crowds of parents and students ”, said a pedagogical coordinator who asked not to be identified.

Although he claims that going back to school amid
covid-19 pandemic is safe, the Doria government has restricted access to the
Information and Monitoring of Education for Covid-19, leaving the assessment
resumption of activities without any transparency. Only one server
each school can be registered and access the system, both to register cases
suspected or confirmed illness at school, and to monitor the situation.
“Registration is extremely bureaucratic, it seems designed to give up on
inform the occurrences of contamination ”, added the coordinator.

Covid-19 in schools

Of the 456 cases in the state network, 83 were students. The rest of teachers and other education workers. Nine state schools were closed in the last week. In the private network, there were 130 cases of covid-19 in students and 141 in professionals. Last week, four elite schools had part of their classes suspended for confirmed cases of covid-19 among students and teachers.

In the municipal networks, only one case was registered in a student and another 13 in workers. The low number in the municipal network is mainly due to the different return period of this education system, which started back to school in the second or third week of February. The capital of São Paulo, for example, resumed the activities of part of the municipal schools last Monday (15).

The number of cases of covid-19 back to school in schools
of São Paulo could be much greater if all cities had reopened their
schools. Today, 129 of the 645 cities (20%) have not yet authorized the resumption of
activities in the state, keeping municipal and state units closed. AND,
according to Soares, only 60% of students who could resume activities
attended. State schools were reopened on February 8, and
must receive up to 35% of enrolled students daily.

In addition, the private network has full control over the information it enters into the system, since the government is unaware of the number of teachers, students and other workers. For example, outsourced professionals are not considered in the data. In municipal networks that have their own education council, the data do not necessarily need to be entered in Simed either.


For the Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp), this situation leads to distrust of the data presented by the Doria government. “If you are considering all networks, this number of 741 cases since January seems to me underreported,” said Apeoesp president and state deputy, Professor Bebel (PT). The union monitors the pandemic in schools independently and counts 468 cases of covid-19 in 278 state schools.

With the large number of cases of covid-19 recorded in schools with the return to school, the Doria government does not foresee any progress next week. All schools are expected to continue with 35% of students per classroom. In addition, instead of 70%, the first increase in capacity should be to 50%.

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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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