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The year is coming to an end, so different schools are preparing distinctive New Year's Eve parties. However, such events are not excluded from the COVID-19 pandemic. More importantly, different protagonists debated whether to throw a New Year's Eve party.

For example, Fabio Grill, an infectologist at Maciel Hospital, told the Montevideo portal that "the regulations of the Ministry of Public Health are moving in the direction of avoiding meetings." He added: "There should be no difference in business meetings. I understand that meetings such as nostalgia nights are not essential and are within the scope of events that must be avoided."

In conversation with the Montevideo portal, Professor Alicia Cardozo, a fourth-year professor at the University of the Republic's medical school and a phD in infectious diseases, said: "The advantage of being with children is that they get less and less." We'll have to look back to school meetings.

Maybe they're with each other and the parents will see them. Technology has been developed and can be used to find ways to avoid meetings and avoid them. The meeting takes place. It's safe, " he added.

In order to further clarify this situation, the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) issued a statement on Wednesday and ruled on it.

First, he mentioned that the number of COVID-19 outbreaks is increasing and that the current situation is "subtle". That's why health and education authorities urge people (especially students) to "avoid new year-end celebrations that bring many people together."

The text adds: "We know that celebrations and meetings are very human activities and socialization is particularly important for young people. However, there is now a greater interest in protecting, which is the health of all Uruguayans."

Finally, the communiqué read: ''Today, more than ever, we need to exercise freedom and solidarity in a responsible manner. Only by taking care of each other can we take care of ourselves. We believe that by 2021 we will be able to celebrate the end of the year as usual. ''

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