SAO PAULO, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- The top education official for Brazil's Sao Paulo state said Wednesday there was no point in safely reopening schools if students continued to attend parties, where the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was high.
"It is useless if we open a school safely and then the students take part in parties, forgetting that we are in a pandemic," the secretary of education, Rossieli Soares, said.
Soares' remarks come after dozens of private schools in the state capital Sao Paulo announced they were closing after detecting new daily cases of COVID-19 in students.
He ruled out that the same was happening in public schools.
"We had no transmission between teachers or within the school, which shows that the gradual return to face-to-face classes, with a reduced number of students, is the best way," said Soares.
Sao Paulo, Brazil's hardest hit state and the largest city in South America, reported the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Latin America on Feb. 26.
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