Live Update: Teachers Protest In America Over Reopening Of Schools

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Teachers protest across US over reopening schools

Teachers and support staff at more than 35 school districts across the US are protesting against the reopening of schools while COVID-19 is surging in many parts of the country.

They are demanding in-person classes not be held until scientific data supports it, safety protocols such as lower class sizes and virus testing are established, and schools are staffed with adequate numbers of counsellors and nurses, according to a website set up for the demonstrations.

Teachers are also demanding financial help for parents in need, including rent and mortgage assistance, a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, and cash assistance.

Chief of staff to Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s chief of staff, Army General Walter Souza Braga Netto, has tested positive for COVID-19, his office has said, becoming the seventh Brazilian minister to have contracted the disease.

Braga Netto is doing well and has no symptoms, the office said in a statement. He will remain in isolation until a new medical evaluation is carried out, and will continue to work remotely.

Last week, Bolsonaro’s wife and one of his ministers tested positive for COVID-19. Bolsonaro also contracted the disease but his latest test showed he was no longer infected.

French city tells shoppers: wear masks outside or pay fine

French Prime Minister Jean Castex urged people not to let down their guard in the fight against COVID-19 as one of France’s biggest cities ordered people to wear masks outdoors in busy pedestrian streets.

“The virus is not on holiday and neither are we,” Castex said on a visit to Lille, where police on Monday gained the power to levy a 135 euro ($158.45) fine on anyone not observing the new rule.

France sees a rise in number of patients in ICU units

France has said the number of people in intensive care units for COVID-19 stands at 384, compared to 371 on Friday, the second time in a week that figure has increased after declining for 16 weeks.

In a statement, health authorities reported another 29 deaths from the disease, bringing the total to 30,294.

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