Córdoba once again set a record for new covid-19 infections and the highest number of deaths in the last 24 hours. The cases reported this Tuesday were 5,085, while the fatalities reached 43. Just 48 hours after announcing the return to face-to-face classes, the provincial Ministry of Health evaluates resuming the strictest restrictions to cut the circulation of the virus.
The record of coronavirus cases is co-indexed with the increase in the occupancy of intensive care beds. Last Wednesday, when the record for new infections reached 4,484 positives, the province had a 60 percent occupancy in critical beds. Less than a week later, the provincial Ministry of Health reported an occupation of 76.1 percent, while several clinics and hospitals warned that they are without availability of places.
The Mediterranean province had registered its last record of cases and deaths last Thursday with 4,933 and 41, respectively. However, the government of Juan Schiaretti defied the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and resumed face-to-face classes, religious and family meetings on Monday.
The complaint of the teaching unions in Córdoba
“The process of worsening of the pandemic and saturation of the health system in Córdoba is such that since last night the advent of greater restrictions on activities and circulation began to be anticipated. However, there is insistence on school attendance,” said the Union of Educators of the Province of Córdoba (UEPC).
The teachers’ union denounced that the teachers received intimidation into giving face-to-face classes based on the preparation of lists, threats of unjustified absences, deduction of assets, summaries, refusals to receive grades, among other actions by the educational authorities.
“We demand that the educational authorities in all instances cease with intimidating and coercive actions; accepting the continuity of teaching tasks in a virtual way”, denounced the UEPC in a statement and included managers and supervisors as responsible for what may occur with teachers “in personal and patrimonial terms.”