back to school, Peru, the Pope’s call and Top 14… September 1 essentials

► Back to school under the sign of Covid-19

In Europe, young French, Belgians, Russians and Ukrainians return to classrooms on Tuesday, after their German, Northern Irish or Scottish comrades. “Our school must resume and it will resume from the 1stis September. », Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer said on August 26. A seven-page protocol accompanies this particular back-to-school period and can be summed up in a few words: hand washing, barrier gestures, class ventilation and above all wearing masks for teachers and students from class of 6e.

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► Peru records the highest mortality in the world

Peru, the third most bereaved country in Latin America after Brazil and Mexico, has also become the country in highest death rate worldwide with 87 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. A precarious health system suffering from chronic underinvestment, poor families and overcrowded housing are at the origin of this sad record. Peru has only 600 intensive care beds across the country and has faced severe shortages of medical oxygen.

► The Pope calls for the debt of poor countries to be canceled

Pope Francis reiterated on Tuesday his call to ” to erase “ the debt of poor countries, less equipped to respond to the economic consequences of the new coronavirus pandemic in a text published Tuesday on the occasion of the world day of prayer for the safeguard of Creation.

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The G20 countries decided in April to to suspend until the end of 2020 the debt repayments of the poorest countries. NGOs, but also the World Bank, are calling for this moratorium, which concerns 76 countries, to be extended until 2021. The G20 countries will vote by October, the date of their next meeting.

► The opening of the Top 14 disrupted by the coronavirus

The opening match of the Top 14 season between the French Stadium and Bordeaux-Bègles, scheduled for Friday, was postponed, the Parisian club being “Unable to align (…) the required number of frontline players”, the National Rugby League announced on Tuesday. About twenty cases have been detected within the Parisian workforce since the beginning of August, after a preparation course in Nice. And some players suffered from “Lung damage caused by the virus”, which had precipitated the end of training and the quarantine of part of the team. The Top 14 season must therefore now open with Montpellier-Pau, Friday at 8:45 p.m.

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