The Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina ruled this Tuesday in favor of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires (CABA) and guaranteed face-to-face classes in schools, against a decree by President Alberto Fernández that had ordered them to be suspended in the middle of the second wave of coronavirus.

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In the ruling, the Court said that the presidential decision constituted a violation of the autonomy of the City of Buenos Aires (CABA).

The CABA and the provinces can regulate the opening of schools (…) prioritizing the opening and resumption of face-to-face classes”Said the court.

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The mayor of Buenos Aires of the opposition alliance Together for Change, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, went to the high court after opposing the presidential decree that established the suspension of face-to-face classes in CABA and its surroundings in principle until the end of April, but which in a new decree was extended until May 21.

Image shows Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (2-right) looking at children as they attend classes at a public school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on February 17, 2021. (WALTER CARRERA / BUENOS AIRES CITY GOVERNMENT / AFP). (WALTER CARRERA /)

While for Fernandez the measure sought to reduce circulation to lower the number of infections in the Argentine capital, Larreta He argued that presence in schools did not affect the use of public transport and denied a correlation between the increase in infections and the start of face-to-face classes in mid-February.

Although in some areas of the province of Buenos Aires schools were closed due to the presidential decree, the City obtained a ruling in its favor from the local justice that allowed it to keep classes until the Supreme Court was issued.

Argentina, which is going through a strong second wave of coronavirus infections, exceeded 3 million infected since the beginning of the pandemic with 64,252 deaths, after reaching a daily record of almost 30,000 patients in mid-April.



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