Argentina reopens schools in capital despite virus peak



Schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina, reopened on Monday following a court order overturning a federal decision to keep classes online for two more weeks.

The announcement was made by Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta on Sunday evening. Rodriguez said the city will not adhere to President Alberto Fernandez’s decree and will teach in person as usual on Monday.

His ruling was based on a judge’s ruling earlier today who sided with parents and some groups of teachers in the city about face-to-face lessons.

Since early April, cases of coronavirus in Argentina have skyrocketed as the country peaked on Friday with nearly 29,500 cases, according to a continuous tally from Johns Hopkins University, based in the United States.

The South American nation has recorded an estimated 2.7 million cases and more than 59,200 deaths, while more than 2.3 million have recovered from the disease so far.

Fernandez last week issued an emergency decree containing a set of measures to slow the spread of the pandemic, including the suspension of face-to-face classes until April 30 throughout the Buenos Aires metropolitan area.

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