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Toronto cancels in-person schools as variant-driven cases rise

FILE PHOTO: Students arrive for the first time since the start of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at Hunter's Glen Junior Public School, part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo

(Reuters) - The city of Toronto is cancelling in-person learning as of Wednesday for its 247,000 students, causing Canada’s largest school district to return to remote classes as COVID-19 cases rise nationally.

The measure will be in place until April 18, the region’s chief medical officer said in a release on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that Canada was entering a “very serious” third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, driven by more contagious variants of the virus.

Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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