Other categories and functions must be executed remotely until further notice. The Canadian Press / Frank Jan
The coronavirus situation in Toronto, in the province of Ontario, has led authorities to order educational institutions to reduce face-to-face activities at their headquarters.
The directive indicates to educational centers that they should reduce the presence of students in their buildings, not only for teaching classes, but for any purpose that is not strictly necessary.
The order, issued by the local health agency, will take effect from the first minute of Monday, May 10, and cover various institutions in this area, not just those officially designated as schools.
Ontario is currently the province worst affected by the epidemic, with a total of 483,057 confirmed cases since the start of the infection, of which 440,467 have recovered, 8,213 people have died and 1,964 are hospitalized, including 877 in intensive care and 600 requiring mechanical ventilation.
Toronto is one of the hardest-hit jurisdictions in the county. According to figures going back to May 5, the city had an average of 3,369 new cases in the past seven days.
Officials decided to create some exceptions to the new ruling, including childcare centers and institutions dedicated to educating minors with special needs, which cannot be implemented remotely.
In the rest of the cases, the directive indicates that the actual attendance of students in the educational centers should be limited, whether for educational classes or for other activities.
Health authorities in Canada’s largest and most cosmopolitan city said that this measure is necessary, given the progression of infection in its territory. Likewise, experts warn of the local spread of various types of the virus and argue that the risks of infection are greater indoors, including classrooms and other educational facilities.
This measure is complementary to a similar provision at the provincial level, albeit more stringent in scope.
In the case of the established base for the convents in Toronto, officials said it was essential to avoid forcing minors to congregate in enclosed spaces for an extended period of time, which could favor cases of infection.
As we indicated last Friday, Covid-19 cases are increasingly affecting young people across the Americas, a situation that deserved a call for attention from the President of the Pan American Health Organization, Clarissa Etienne.
In parallel, Canada this week became the first country to announce that it would introduce a coronavirus vaccine to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15.
Sources: Canadian Press / Government of Ontario / RCI.