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Officials in Manitoba, P.E.I. push back return to in-class learning

Jan 05, 2022

Manitoba and Prince Edward Island joined the list of provinces pushing back the return to in-class learning on Tuesday, with officials in both provinces saying students will learn at home until at least Jan. 17.

When students do return to island classrooms, there will be masking requirements and additional testing, officials said.

“This was a challenging decision that was based on balancing safety and the overall health and well-being of children,” Dr. Heather Morrison, Prince Edward Island’s chief public health officer, said in a statement.

The island, which has a high vaccination rate and no COVID-19 deaths to date, is seeing rising case numbers, with 198 new cases on Tuesday. Three people were in hospital being treated for COVID-19, with four others in hospital for other illnesses testing positive for COVID-19.

“It’s not our intention to stay in this restriction situation for any longer than we need to,” Premier Dennis King said Tuesday, as the province was extending a slew of restrictions. “The ‘when’ will be determined by the science, the ‘how’ — that is what we’re working on.”

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