Delhi schools to remain shut till Oct 31; over 65 lakh cases in India

With 75,829 new cases, the coronavirus tally in India on Sunday crossed the 65 lakh-mark. As many as 940 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, pushing the toll to 1,01,782
Delhi School Pollution Mask

New Delhi: All schools in Delhi will remain shut till October 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Center had, in its announcement for “Unlock 5”, or the fifth phase of easing of COVID restrictions, allowed state and union territory governments to decide on reopening schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in a graded manner after October 15.

The Delhi government had earlier extended the school closure till October 5, though the Centre had permitted calling students of classes 9 to 12 to schools on voluntary basis from September 21.

“The Directorate of Education (DoE) has been directed to extend the ongoing closure of schools till Oct 31. Formal orders to this effect will be issued by DoE tomorrow,” an official at the Deputy Chief Minister’s office said.

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16 when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

On March 25, the central government announced a nationwide lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading.

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