Uruguay becomes one of the first countries in the Americas to reopen schools. In the country’s capital Montevideo, more than 250,000 children are split into groups that will alternate between going to the physical classroom and home classes, as reported by Uruguayan newspaper El País.
Uruguay registers 927 cases and 27 reported deaths among its 3.45 million residents, standing out in a region that as a whole represents around 25% of world cases with 2.48 million infections. Almost half of all new daily deaths worldwide are in Latin America, where deaths total 112,000. Cases in Brazil are increasing and now amount to 1.34 million.
“Today is a day of many challenges for the country. I said it and all Uruguayans have to value it, we are the first country in America returning to face-to-face in the third stage,” with the return of schools, lyceums, and the country’s professional technical education council (UTU) said Robert Silva, president of CODICEN, governing body of the National Administration of Public Education of Uruguay, in a press conference.