COVID testing in schools, U.S. allies expect Biden to re-engage in global circles & How are police enforcing the new Stay-At-Home Order?

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Published Jan 15, 2021, 4:10 PM

Regularly randomly testing students for COVID-19 could help control outbreaks in schools and allow them to remain open, reveals a new study involving a University of Guelph researcher. The study, published recently in BMC Public Health, found testing one to two students a day in every classroom could be an effective way to keep transmission rates in schools stable. Dr. Monica Cojocaru, study co-author and a professor in U of G’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, said while schools have relied on physical distancing and masks, conducting more COVID-19 testing is key to keeping schools open.

Based on a school with 500 students with 20 classes of 25 students, the researchers found that with no other control measures, testing every student every 10 days would avoid school outbreaks. That would mean testing three students a day in every class.

They then ran their calculations under the scenario of students wearing masks, which would reduce transmission risk by 30 to 80 per cent, depending on the mask and mask-wearing compliance.

In that scenario, the number of students needed to be tested in each class every day would drop to roughly 1.5, which would mean 900 tests a month.

The researchers concluded that regular testing of students can control infections if tests are done frequently and processed quickly, so long as infected students can self-isolate at home.

GUEST: Dr. Monica Cojocaru, Professor of Mathematics with the University of Guelph

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Canada and other U.S. allies are looking to President-elect Joe Biden to re-engage with the world amid shifting global power struggles and pressing challenges facing the environment and free trade systems.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said as such in an interview with Reuters Next aired on Thursday, in which he also expressed confidence that the U.S. electoral system and institutions have been upheld following the violent siege of the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6 by what he called “a small, angry mob.”

“There is a need for a re-engaged United States in global circles,” said Trudeau, 49, who took office more than five years ago.

ALSO: Biden Proposes $175 Billion to Reopen Schools

GUEST: Jason Opal, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History and Classical Studies with McGill University,

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Under Ontario’s new emergency measures, police officers do not have the authority to stop a car solely to check compliance with stay-at-home measures, and individuals don’t have to tell officers why they’re outside, according to a government memo.

Sent to police chiefs Wednesday on the eve of Ontario’s emergency measures coming into effect, the government memo provides some guidance to police and by-law officers now enforcing the province’s stay-at-home order after confusion over officers’ role.

GUEST: Superintendent Will Mason of Hamilton Police

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