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Delhi schools unlikely to reopen until Covid-19 vaccine is available: Manish Sisodia

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Schools in the national capital that are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic are unlikely to reopen until a vaccine is available, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Tuesday.

Universities and schools across the country closed on March 16, when the Center announced the closure of classrooms across the country as part of measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

“Until we get any vaccines, it is unlikely that schools (in Delhi) will open,” Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s education minister, told reporters.

He had announced on October 30 that schools would remain closed until further orders, saying that parents were not yet in favor of sending their pupils to schools. “We continue to receive feedback from parents that they are really concerned about whether it is safe to reopen the schools. It is not. Wherever schools have reopened, COVID-19 cases among children have increased. That is why we have decided that from now on the schools in the national capital will not reopen. They will remain closed until new orders are received ”, Sisodia had said then.

A nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25.

Although various restrictions have been relaxed in different phases of “unlock”, educational institutions remain closed. According to the ‘Unlock 5’ guidelines, states can take a call to reopen schools in phases. Several states also began the process of reopening schools. While some of them announced the closure again due to the increase in coronavirus cases.

Previously, schools were allowed to call students in class 9 to 12 to school on a voluntary basis beginning September 21. However, the Delhi government decided not to.

Delhi recorded 4,454 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and a positivity rate of 11.94 percent, while 121 more deaths brought the death toll to 8,512, authorities said.

This relatively low number of new cases emerged from 37,307 tests performed on Sunday, including 18,046 RT-PCR tests, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department. Last Friday, authorities had said that 23,507 RT-PCR tests, the highest to date, were performed a day earlier.

The highest single-day peak to date here, 8,593 cases, was recorded on November 11 when 85 deaths were recorded.

Up to 121 deaths were recorded on Monday, as the day before.

This is the sixth time in the last 12 days that the daily death toll has crossed the 100 mark.

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