Live coronavirus updates: bleak picture of academic loss


The differences in racial and socioeconomic achievement among students are likely to widen.

New research suggests that by September most students will be behind what they would have been had they stayed in classrooms, some losing the equivalent of a full school year of credits academics. The disruption of education caused by the pandemic is likely to widen the gap in racial and socioeconomic achievement due to disparities in access to computers, home Internet connections and direct instruction by teachers.

Teachers and parents are concerned about the loss of the children, writes our correspondent Dana Goldstein.

In Aurora, Colorado, Clint Silva, a seventh-grade social science teacher, planned to spend the spring working with his students on research skills. For a remote mission, he asked them to create a main source on the pandemic that future historians could consult.

But only a minority of its students have consistently engaged in remote missions. “We know it is not a good way to teach,” he said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned people against taking part in protests over the weekend, saying a large rally could sabotage the country’s efforts to control the epidemic.

“Let’s look for a better way and another way to express these feelings rather than putting your health at risk, the health of others at risk,” Morrison said on Friday.

Protests are held in solidarity with those in the United States over the murder of George Floyd, who was handcuffed and immobilized by a Minneapolis police officer, but they also focus on the country’s own problems with police brutality and racial discrimination against indigenous Australians.

Indigenous Australians are incarcerated at a disproportionately higher rate than the rest, and more than 400 have died in police custody since 1991.

Police in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, have asked the state’s Supreme Court to declare a demonstration in Sydney on Saturday illegal. On Friday, the state court accepted the police’s argument and refused to authorize the Sydney demonstration. They initially approved the event, but turnout is expected to reach tens of thousands – well above the police-set limit of 500.

“Instead of using guns to stop us, like in the United States, they use the law to stop us,” one of the event’s organizers told The Raul Bassi. Sydney Morning Herald Friday. “We are going to present our case this afternoon and see what is going on. “

Officials in Melbourne said the organizers would be fined if a demonstration scheduled for Saturday did not meet the state of Victoria’s 20-person limit.

But in South Australia, Adelaide police have granted residents an exemption to protest. “This is a unique and extraordinary event,” state police commissioner Grant Stevens said on Friday. “There is a feeling that suggests that people should have the right to protest on important issues.”

President Trump has repeatedly promoted hydroxychloroquine despite the lack of evidence of its effectiveness against the virus. Its approval had the effect of politicizing the scientific questions that would normally have been left to passionate researchers.

The Lancet, which was allegedly based on data from a huge private patient registry from hundreds of hospitals around the world, concluded that antimalarial drugs were associated with considerably higher rates of heart arrhythmias. and death in Covid – 19 patients. The database was owned by a company called Surgisphere, which is owned by Dr. Sapan Desai, one of the four co-authors.

Later on Thursday, the New England Journal of Medicine retracted a heart study published by the same authors, using data from the same registry. The authors concluded that cardiovascular disease increased the risk of death in Covid-19 patients.

All laboratories will be required to send demographic data to state or local public health services based on the individual’s residence, according to details released by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Public health experts have criticized the Trump administration for not having disproportionate effects of the virus on communities of color. The new guidelines came as large protests continued across the United States over the murder of George Floyd, a black man who died last week in police custody after a white officer knelt on his neck.

Here’s what happened in the United States on Thursday:

  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Temporarily Suspended Trial Judge Decisions Requiring the Trump Administration to Transfer Over 800 Elderly or Medically Vulnerable Detainees from an Ohio Prison Where Nine Prisoners Are dead from the virus. A court of appeal is scheduled to hear arguments in the case on Friday.

  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city could begin a second phase of reopening “early in July”. Offices, stores and personal service businesses such as hair salons would be allowed to reopen with restrictions.

  • The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, told parliamentarians that the federal government and state health services need to dramatically increase the number of people who come in contact with people infected with coronavirus. He said up to 100,000 will be needed by September.

  • A Federal Court of Appeal has sided with Texas Republicans in their legal battle to restrict postal voting during the pandemic, reversing a lower court decision that would have allowed voters who fear the virus to vote by mail rather than in person.

  • The N.B.A. The players’ union is expected to consider a proposal to return to play next month in Florida after team owners overwhelmingly approved the plan on Thursday.

Mosques reopen for prayer in Jakarta, with a limited number and masks in place.

On Friday, mosques opened for noon prayer in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, for the first time in more than two months, but with social distancing protocols, temperature controls, face masks and plenty of disinfectant for hands.

Prominent rules required that the faithful bring their own prayer mats and keep their sandals with them in a plastic bag. Mosques were limited to half their normal capacity, and some people arranged diagonally like a human checkerboard.

President Joko Widodo, eager to move the country toward what he calls a “new normal,” attended prayers at the Baiturrahim Mosque inside the Presidential Palace complex in Jakarta. It can hold 750 people, but attendance was limited to 150. The president wore a gray mask and had his temperature checked upon entering.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, who often disagreed with the president on how to deal with the pandemic, attended the Friday prayers separately at the Fatahillah Mosque in City Hall.

Friday noon prayers are the most important of the week for Muslims.

Anies announced on Thursday the reopening of the city’s mosques and set a timetable for the gradual reopening of offices, restaurants and shopping centers this month.

Indonesia has reported nearly 30,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 1,700 deaths.

Thanks to an antivirus lock, elephants roam freely in a Thai national park.

Reports were provided by Hannah Beech, Ben Casselman, Michael Cooper, Ellen Gabler, Dana Goldstein, Andrew Jacobs, Isabella Kwai, Apoorva Mandavilli, Raphael Minder, Richard C. Paddock, Roni Caryn Rabin, Nada Rashwan, Kaly Soto, Safak Timur, Declan Walsh and Noah Weiland.


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