COVID-19 transmission occurs at parties not schools: Brazilian official

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.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In World

Biden's transition team to begin meeting with federal officials - executive director
GSA chief says decision to allow transition to begin was 'solely mine'
US states prepping second antitrust lawsuit against Google for next month
General Services Administration tells Biden transition can formally begin - CNN
Japan's ramen bars struggle to stay open as COVID hammers small firms
Biden to choose ex-Fed chair Yellen as first woman Treasury secretary, allies say
Clandestine party organizers to be held criminally liable in Brazil
NYS COVID-19 hospitalizations could hit 6,000 in 3 weeks: governor
U.S. foreign trade figures show COVID-19 continues to impact global, domestic economy
Chile reports over 542,000 cases of COVID-19, 15,106 deaths

Stories You'll Enjoy