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Schools will remain closed in Mumbai for classes 1 to 9 until 31st January

Schools will remain closed in Mumbai for classes 1 to 9 until 31st January.

Schools will remain closed in Mumbai for classes 1 to 9 until 31st January because of the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, the city’s civic body said on Monday. The classes will continue as scheduled for classes 10 and 12. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said adding online courses will continue.

The student who belongs to the age group of 15 to 18 will be called to schools only for vaccination against the coronavirus, the BMC said.

The city civic body’s decision came after reporting a massive spike of 8,063 new Covid-19 cases, primarily attributed to the new Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant. The latest data from the BMC showed that 89 percent (7,176) patients were asymptomatic, and the city still had only 10 percent of the total hospital beds occupied. The active caseload stood at 29,819.

School had reopened in Mumbai on 15th December for classes 1 to 7 after remaining shuts for more than one year eight months due to the covid pandemic. It was initially planned to be reopening on 4th December. However, it was postponed due to the advent of the much dreaded Omicron variant in the country.

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The decision to shut schools came when the country’s immunization program was thrown open to children between 15 and 18. On Monday, state health minister Rajesh Tope urged the Centre to include children above 12 years of age in the inoculation drive.

Tope news agency PTI quoted as saying.

“We have congratulated the central government for starting the vaccination of the 15-18 age group. But, at the same time we have placed some demands to tackle the virus spread. We have urged the central government to also undertake the vaccination of children in the 12 to 15 age group,”

On Sunday, Maharashtra reported 50 new Omicron cases bringing the state’s tally to 510. Of the new cases, 36 were reported from Pune City, eight from Pimpri Chinchwad, and two from Pune Rural and Sangli districts. Mumbai and Thane added one case each to the state’s tally.

So far, the state has reported 66,99,868 Covid-19 cases, with 11,877 being recorded on Sunday. The death toll reached 141,542, with nine more fatalities.

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