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Brazilian children’s return to school troubled by the Omicron wave

The spread of the Omicron variant is hindering any possibility of a smooth return to in-person classes as Brazil's education system begins the 2022 school year

school Students arrive for class at elementary school in northern São Paulo. Photo: Rovena Rosa/ABr
Students arrive for class at elementary school in northern São Paulo. Photo: Rovena Rosa/ABr

The daily tally of new Covid infections has never been higher and deaths caused by the coronavirus have crossed the 1,000-per-day mark for the first time since August 2021. To make matters worse, the rollout of vaccines for children has begun at a slow pace, with an estimated coverage rate of only 10 percent among those aged 5 to 11.

According to São Paulo’s Butantan Biological Institute, over 1,400 children aged up to 11 have died of Covid, the second leading cause of death in that age group. Health officials have also reported roughly 2,400 cases of pediatric multisystem...

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