Schools in Maharashtra to reopen from this date as Covid cases drop

Schools in Maharashtra to reopen from this date as Covid cases drop
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Schools in Maharashtra will reopen for all classes from next week. The announcement was made by the state’s Education Minister today.

But all the schools will have to ensure that all Covid protocols are followed, said Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra School Education Minister.

“From 24 (January) we will be reopening schools for classes 1-12th with COVID protocols; Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has agreed to our proposal”, said Gaikwad.

After the Covid graph began diminishing in the state, there were rising demands for reopening the schools.

Earlier also, the Maharashtra government had announced the closure of schools till February 15.

The state witnessed a rising number of Covid-19 cases from December after the emergence of the new Omicron variant.

After the COVID surge, the state government decided not to continue with the school (offline) sessions.

This decision to reopen the schools for children after discussion with the experts comes after full-fledged discussions with the experts.

Moreover, Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 43,697 new Covid positive cases. This is 10 per cent more than the previous day (Tuesday’s) tally. It includes 214 Omicron infections, and also saw 49 fatalities, as per the health department.

With this, Maharashtra’s caseload reached 73,25,825 and the fatality count rose to 1,41,934. The fresh Omicron cases take the tally of those infected with the Omicron strain to 1,860.

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