Onishchenko called total lockdown for schools unacceptable

Onishchenko called total lockdown for schools unacceptable
Onishchenko called total lockdown for schools unacceptable
25 September 2020, 13:30SocietyPhoto: Газета "Поиск"
Ex-head of Rospotrebnadzor, State Duma Deputy Gennady Onishchenko considers it unacceptable to return to distance learning for all Russian schools and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talk about a second lockdown began amid a sharp rise in the incidence of coronavirus in Moscow. By the morning of September 25, 1,500 infected were identified in the capital. This is one and a half times higher than the day before. During the week, the incidence among Muscovites increased by 30%.

“Chokhom to close the whole country just because somewhere in Moscow the incidence has increased - this is a crime. Clear? Crime",- Interfax quotes Onishchenko words.

Thus, the academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences responded to the question whether he considers it necessary to re-close schools and universities for quarantine due to the growth of those infected with COVID-19.

Onishchenko explained that a total lockdown is inappropriate. To fight the infection, it is quite enough that a point mechanism has been worked out for years: if an outbreak of a disease is detected in an educational institution, then the contact group is closed to prevent the spread of infection. Such a decision can be made by the head of the educational organization without the participation of supervisory authorities.

Against the backdrop of an increase in the incidence of the disease, the authorities announced tightening measures to combat the infection. Due to the outbreak of infections, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin introduced restrictions for residents of the capital over 65 years old and people with chronic diseases: they were urged not to leave their homes unnecessarily, to limit contacts with relatives and friends. The authorities sent an order to the heads of enterprises to return to the remote mode of work as many employees as possible. For all Muscovites, when visiting public places and transport, the mask and glove regime has been tightened.

According to Onishchenko, the measures proposed by the authorities are now sufficient. The problem, in his opinion, is not the severity of the restrictions, but the low responsibility of citizens for their health.

“We all know perfectly well what we need to do with you, but no one performs anything. And we need to develop this topic in ourselves, using the example of coronavirus. Responsible attitude to one's own health. And do it as a legal norm, too”, - the academician is convinced.

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