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Newfoundland opts for remote schooling after holiday break as Omicron spreads

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Public school students in Newfoundland and Labrador will return from the holiday break to remote learning starting Jan. 4, as the province battles a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Premier Andrew Furey told reporters Wednesday the decision will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis in order to return students to in-person classes as soon as possible.

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Furey says the step is being taken out of precaution because the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus spreads quickly.

The province is also reporting another single-day record case count, with 312 new infections.

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Chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says the province has 1,111 active cases of COVID-19.

Fitzgerald says there is no one in hospital with the disease.

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