Pune: Schools in Mumbai had been closed since the past 20 months due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the city. As they were scheduled to reopen from December 1, it has been deferred due to the arrival of the new variant known as Omicron. As per direct orders from the state government, schools will remain shut till December 15, 2021. The decision came as a part of the newly released guidelines amidst the spread of the new variant.
On Monday, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the state cabinet has expressed concerns about passengers arriving from at-risk countries. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told media, “Schools for classes 1-7 will now reopen from December 15, instead of December 1, in view of the emergence of #Omicron variant of COVID19 in the world.”
The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai stated in its official notice, “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.”
In Telangana’s Sangareddy district, a total of 42 students and one teacher of a government-run residential school for girls had tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. The samples of the students infected with the virus have been sent to the Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology for genome sequencing amid worries over the new variant called Omicron.
Source: News 18