Fri, 30 Oct 2020

SAO PAULO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, the largest city in South America and one of the hardest hit by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, has authorized the restart of in-person classes at universities from Oct. 7, Mayor Bruno Covas said on Thursday.

Classes throughout the educational system have been held online since the last week of March, as part of lockdown measures designed to contain the outbreak.

A decision about resuming in-person classes at the primary and secondary levels will be made in November, a month before the end of the academic year, said Covas.

Some 81 percent of residents are against a return to in-person classes for fear of more infections, according to a public opinion poll published last week.

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