translated from Spanish: Due to the increase in cases, Uruguay will not force students to attend schools

Like several Latin American countries, the pandemic situation in Uruguay worsened alarmingly: in the last five reports the country recorded more than a thousand cases daily. In this regard, President Luis Lacalle Pou proposed new measures to curb the increase in contagion, including suspending obligation to attend classes in person in Rivera, the most affected municipality of all.

It should be noted that the measure will last until 4 April and that it was also urged that, should the health authorities suggest it, other municipalities may take measures of the same kind and characteristics.» We want to alter as much as possible the relationship between young people and the education system. We do not want the link to be lost, which was quite aggravated last year,» said the Uruguayan representative, who noted that this increase in cases may have been given by some «relaxation» in people’s individual behavior towards the pandemic. At the same time, Lacalle Pou brought peace of mind to the country announcing that on Wednesday Uruguay will receive 51,000 of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and that on 22 this month will begin to immunize against COVID-19 to those over 80 years of age.

Original source in Spanish

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