Tens of thousands of students today began to return to face-to-face classes in several states in Australia, a country that expects to resume economic activities starting in July, after the closure decreed to halt covid-19.
In the state of New South Wales, the most populous in Australia, where Sydney is located, as well as in Queensland and Tasmania, students started returning to school this morning, under strict hygiene measures.
In the state of Vitória, whose regional capital is Melbourne, students should only return to schools as of Tuesday, in a phased manner, with all students resuming classes face-to-face until June 09th.
The remaining four Australian states and territories, responsible for managing education in the regions, have already restarted face-to-face classes or will do so progressively until the beginning of next month.
Although the Australian Government claims that children are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus, more than seven thousand parents have signed a petition on the Change.org website to demand that New South Wales authorities make returning to school optional.
Australian states and territories have begun implementing the Government's plan, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, at different paces, to resume all activities in July, although the country's borders remain closed indefinitely.
Australia, which has conducted more than 1,2 million tests to detect the new coronavirus, has reported about 7.100 cases of covid-19 since the epidemic began, including 102 deaths. Since May 17, the country has registered less than 14 new infections per day.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 343 deaths and infected more than 5,3 million people in 196 countries and territories.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
To combat the pandemic, governments sent 4,5 billion people home (more than half of the planet's population), paralyzing entire sectors of the world economy, in a “great confinement” that several countries have already begun to alleviate in the face of declining prices. new contagions.