Faced with the advance of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the Minister of Education of the Nation, Nicolás Trotta, assured that face-to-face classes will be maintained in all regions where there is no epidemiological alert.
“Some jurisdictions started [con las clases presenciales] last Monday; the rest begin on Monday, City of Buenos Aires, Province of Buenos Aires, Santa Cruz, to name a few jurisdictions. It implies supporting care for the arrival of a variant of the covid in Argentina, but with the advancement of the vaccination process, with the improvement of epidemiological health indicators we can safely return to classrooms throughout the territory, supporting the care, “said Trotta in dialogue with the program” Sábado early, “on radio Miter.
The minister detailed which are the variables that weigh to maintain presence: “For a safe school are linked: a low incidence rate of circulation, less than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; the response capacity of the health system, today those two factors are positive, and then compliance with protocols“.
“One of the elements of the protocols is the crossed ventilation, which involves opening the windows. Many jurisdictions such as the Province of Buenos Aires have acquired carbon dioxide meters, which allow us to see how the air is in the classroom to have the right opening of the window, between 5 and 7 centimeters and that the temperatures are not so low within the room. classroom, “Trotta explained.
He also stressed that the distancing within the classroom: “It is a measure that we have to support, such as the use of a mask, with the challenge of intensifying presence for the entire second half of the year, adding days, hours from the process of overcoming the pandemic.”
The definition of the minister comes when in Córdoba a man who arrived from Peru did not confine himself and ccontacted at least 17 people with the Delta variant of the coronavirus. In that province there are more than 250 isolated, but the authorities warned that the number could increase and they track more than 200 people.
But in addition, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires carries out a “thorough investigation” after confirming two cases of the Delta variant, and the Province of Buenos Aires detected 22 cases.
Criticism of the City
On the other hand, Trotta again criticized the city government for modifying the distance in the classroom. “I question the measure prior to the Delta variant. The specialists have indicated to us the need to sustain physical distancing of a meter and a half, in a measure that is extracurricular, “insisted the Minister of Education of the Nation.
And he added: “What I ask Minister Quiroz is to explain why they are not going to comply. Not only [es] a norm that the City has voted, but an almost unanimous view of the need to maintain the distancing and now much more with the concern of the last 72 hours with the possibility of Delta variant circulation in the country”.
And concluded: “We are not going to go back with the presence, beyond the fact that it is a decision of each jurisdiction, not of the National State. We have achieved a balance to guarantee presence and take care of health “.