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School in Mumbai, Pune Continue to Remain closed till 15th December Amid Omicron Threat

School in Mumbai, Pune Continue to Remain closed till 15th December Amid Omicron Threat

Schools in Mumbai, which are to reopen from 1st December, will remain shut until 15th December. Schools were scheduled to restart amid strict Covid-19 precautions after 20 months from 1st December. However, the reopening has been deferred, and This is part of the new Covi-19 guidelines released amid the risk of the new covid-19 variant omicron. On Monday, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the state cabinet had expressed concerns about passengers arriving from at-risk countries.

The (MCGM) Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai stated in its official notice that "to ensure the safe return of students to school, MCGM has decided to defer the decision of opening of schools for std. 1st to 7h by 14 days. Schools for Std. 1st to 7h will open from 15h December 2021."

Speaking to reporters, BMC's education officer Raju Tadvi said, "The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has posed a new threat before us. We need some time to ensure safety and implement precautionary measures. Hence, we have decided to reopen the physical attendance in schools from 15th December." 2,20,000 students are studying in Classes 1 to 7 in the BMC schools.

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Read More: No Covid Infected Patient With 'Omicron' Variant In Mumbai: Mumbai Mayor

Announcing the reopening guidelines, Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad had earlier said,

"The government is sensitive to a possibility of a third wave and indecision in implementation of SOP will be permitted. Our students are the future. Let us all come together to make sure their health, wellbeing and continued education."

Amid the guidelines issued for the reopening of school, the Maharashtra government had announced that physical classes were held only for 3-4 hours a day. Schools were asked to work in shifts or on alternate days as the case may be to ensure only 15-20 students are present in class at a given time.

As of now, no Omicron cases have been reported in India. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan will hold a review meeting with States on the Omicron variant of COVID19 today.

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