Students across Canada are returning to class following vacation breaks, with some provinces choosing to delay bringing children back into classrooms, and amid COVID-19 concerns, others are already teaching live.
In British Columbia, the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said there was no need to delay school after the holidays and that a working group was working to ensure a secure income.
But some BC. Parents are concerned about sending their children back to school without much precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with more than 50,000 people signing a petition calling on the province to suspend class learning for two weeks.
“I worry if schools reopen as they did before the holidays,” said Dr. Amy Dan, a physician and organizer with masks for Canada. Dan said he did not know if he would send his 11-year-old son back to school in Victoria.
He wants the province to release more information about the recent outbreak of COVID-19 inland and in the province so that parents can make informed decisions. He also wants to see asymptomatic and common, widespread testing in schools.
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In Ontario, thousands of elementary and middle school students are returning to distance learning on Monday, and the official opposition has similarly called for a widespread crackdown on schools.
In an interview with CBC Toronto, NTP’s education critic Marit Styles said the Ontario government did not know how many students in publicly funded schools in the province were asymptomatic and needed a “comprehensive testing strategy”.
In an open letter to parents published over the weekend, Education Minister Stephen Les said, “Schools are not a source of rising social outreach.” He said the provincial-level lockout on Dec. 26 helped ensure schools were safe.
Ontario elementary students and secondary students in the Northern Public Health Departments study distance in the first week of January, but may return to classrooms on January 11th. Secondary students in other parts of the province may return to classrooms on January 25th. .
Meanwhile, Quebec elementary and high schools will be teaching live until January 11th.
Roxanne Borgas da Silva, a professor of public health at the University of Montreal, told Radio-Canada on Sunday that he was concerned about the reopening of schools and the return to normalcy when many new cases come up every day.
He said 11 percent of tests were positive, while the World Health Organization recommends that five percent be locked out.
“We have a very high positive ratio of COVID-19 so we definitely have to do the locking,” he said. “I’m so scared of kids.”
What’s going on across Canada
As of 7 a.m. Monday, Canada had 601,656 COVID-19 cases, of which 80,817 were active. A CBC News death toll was 15,865.
In Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and LabradorThe active cassette has dropped to single digits after no new cases and two recoveries were reported on Sunday. In the province, which has not registered a new outbreak in five days, there are now nine active cases.
New Brunswick Seven new cases were announced on Sunday Prince Edward Island And Nova Scotia No new cases were reported.
Quebec The first COVID-19 update of the new year was released on Sunday. It shows a total of 7,663 positive tests and 121 deaths since December 31.
Ontario On Sunday, 2,964 new cases and 25 additional deaths were reported. On Monday, the first five health workers who received COVID-19 vaccines in the province returned to the University of Toronto Health Network, 21 days after receiving the first dose.
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Manitoba On Sunday, 101 new infections and five deaths were reported.
Saskatchewan 238 new cases were reported, but there were no new deaths on Sunday. Meanwhile, there are 109 active cases in the Saskatchewan prison explosion.
In Alberta, The provincial chief health officer reported 400 new Govt-19 cases on Sunday. When Dr. Deena Hinsha was admitted to a hospital in Alberta, the total ICU was stable and the death toll in the province was 1,046.
In British Columbia, It does not provide COVID-19 data on weekends and has given the green light to the Vancouver Canucks government to play home games in the province in the upcoming 2021 NHL season.
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In the north, Nunavut COVID-19 reports zero active events after going from zero to 266 cases within two months. The regional government announced Sunday that 265 of those cases have now been recovered, while one case has died.
Yukon No new cases were reported Sunday NWT The weekend did not provide updated figures.
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What is happening around the world
As of early Monday morning, more than 85.1 million COVID-19 cases had been reported worldwide, with more than 47.9 million cases considered to have been recovered or resolved. Johns Hopkins University Surveillance Tool. The global death toll is more than 1.8 million.
In Europe, The UK began vaccinating its population with a COVID-19 shot developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca on Monday as it controls the sharp rise in cases triggered by a new and contagious variant of the virus in recent weeks.
The UK was the first country to release the Oxford-Astrogenega shot, which can be stored in refrigerators instead of ultra-cold storage, making it easier to distribute than the Pfizer-Bioentech shot.
Meanwhile, France’s cautious approach to rolling out its vaccine seems to have receded, with a few hundred people being vaccinated after the first week and reigniting anger over the government’s handling of the corona virus infection.
President Emmanuel Macron will hold a special meeting with top government officials on Monday afternoon to address the vaccine strategy and other viral developments.
In France, home to 67 million people, just 516 people were vaccinated in the first six days, surpassing Germany’s total of 200,000 in the first week and more than 100,000 in Italy.
In Asia PacificSri Lankan authorities announced on Monday that schools would be partially reopened starting next week, after being closed for nearly three months due to the COVID-19 uprising. The Ministry of Education has decided to close schools in the capital Colombo and surrounding suburbs.
Masking has become mandatory in Australia’s largest city due to the epidemic. People in Sydney are being fined S $ 200 (6 196 CDN) for not wearing masks in shopping malls, on public transport and in various interiors.
Thailand has registered 745 new corona virus cases, with one new death reported in Bangkok, where a half-lock came into effect. The government has ordered the closure of all schools since Monday, but has not yet closed shopping malls or shops, while restaurants are allowed to operate, but liquor cannot be served.
In United States, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is pointing to the idea of expanding the number of Americans receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Alex Azhar told ABC Good Morning America On Monday, the United States “holds that second level of reserve” because that’s what science tells us to do. Two vaccines approved so far in the United States, one by Pfizer and the German company Bioendech and the other by Moderna, require double doses each.
Some health experts have suggested that as the supply of the vaccine is short, people may receive some degree of protection and this should be considered as a way to reach more people quickly. But Azhar said “data does not support it, we are not going to do it”.
The United States has reported 1.5 million vaccines in the last 72 hours, which Azhar said is “the most rapid improvement” he predicts will continue.
Bogot தலை, the capital of Colombia, will implement strict two-week isolation in three neighborhoods starting Tuesday.
In Middle East, Jordan Pfizer and partner Bioendech have agreed to buy one million doses of their Covit-19 vaccine and another two million doses from the World Health Organization’s Kovax program.
In Africa, South Africa aims to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by next month, but is still in talks with pharmaceutical companies, with no agreements signed yet.
With more than 1.1 million cases and more than 29,000 deaths reported since the outbreak, the country has been hit hard on the continent.