A total of 174 students and 107 teachers were tested positive for the deadly coronavirus in just over a fortnight after schools reopened in the schools for higher classes. All the infected students are from government schools in three districts in the state of Haryana. The state today announced that schools will remain closed till November 30th to maintain the spreading of infection. The schools had just reopened after eight months for classes 9-12 on November 2. Almost 1.58 lakh students out of 6 lakh student population were attending the classes everyday.
Maharashtra capital also closed down schools today until December 31 amid the surging Covid-19 cases. The Directorate of State Education had passed an order that all the schools will be sanitized regularly to prevent the spread of the disease and to maintain hygiene. But the strong measures were taken on the day the country crossed a mark of 90 lakh coronavirus cases as on Friday morning. The total death toll in India stands at 1,32,162. Most schools across the country opted for online classes due to the high risk seen everyday. The ones that opened had to shut after getting the students and teachers infected.
Haryana has 19,579 active cases from which 2,212 new covid-19 were reported as on Thursday alone. Death count in the state is 2,113. All schools across the country had been shut for months now over the pandemic until recently the Union Government allowed the reopening of schools for higher classes in many states. Attending physical classes in schools were not compulsory and those who wished to attend needed written permission form their parents the government had said.
The phase 3 trials of Bharat Biotech’s coronavirus vaccine, COVAXIN also began today in the state with the state’s own Health Minister Anil Vij volunteering to be the first to get the trial vaccine.