Mexico enlists massive back to school amid wave of COVID-19 infections

Mexico, unlike other nations, did not install restrictions on its population in its Christmas holidays.

Mexico, unlike other nations, did not install restrictions on its population in its Christmas holidays.

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The Ministry of Public Education (SEP) of Mexico called this Sunday to comply with the measures against COVID-19 in the return to face-to-face classes, this Monday, after the winter holidays.

In addition, he recalled that, in the first weeks of 2022 and in coordination with the local and federal Health authorities, the booster vaccination will be carried out for educational personnel.

The agency said that to avoid any contagion of COVID-19 it is necessary that school communities, including teachers and education support staff, students, parents, guardians and educational authorities, abide by the recommendations contained in the guide for the responsible and orderly return to schools.

He pointed out that, as established by the current school calendar for public and private schools incorporated into the National Educational System, this January 3 the educational service is resumed in the 32 states of the country.

He also reported that during the first week of January classes will be suspended only on Thursday 6th, Therefore, on Friday 7 students and teachers of basic education will carry out their activities normally.

The SEP also recalled that during the first weeks of 2022 the booster vaccination will be carried out for teachers, teachers, administrative and educational support personnel, to guarantee safety in schools and the operation of the educational service.

The Secretariat said that the participation of parents and guardians in the application of health protocols is important, such as the use of face masks and antibacterial gel, in addition to the periodic review of temperature.

At the same time, he recommended that they monitor that their daughters and sons do not present any symptoms such as fever, cough, cold or runny nose and, if not, inform the school authorities.

The return to classes in Mexico after the winter holidays will occur amid a rebound in infections, figure that in the last day of 2021 exceeded 10,000 cases.

As of December 31, 2021, the Ministry of Health (SSa) of Mexico reported that the country accumulated 299,428 deaths and 3,979,723 infections.

According to the health authorities, Mexico detected the first person infected with the Omicron variant on December 3 and since then there have been more than 40 confirmed cases by the State Governments of Mexico City, State of Mexico, Nuevo León and Sinaloa.

But, according to data from the Gisaid platform (by its name in English (Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data), until December 31 in the country there were already 254 cases of Omicron infections.

The Government of Mexico announced, since the arrival of Ómicron, that there would be no extraordinary restriction for these festivities, beyond the “request” to use face masks and hydroalcoholic gel.

Unlike other countries, Mexico spent Christmas holidays without restrictions due to the pandemic.

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