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Mumbai schools to remain closed till December 31: BMC – education

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced on Friday that the city’s schools will remain closed until December 31, a change from the previous decision to reopen them on November 23, as the metropolis is witnessing a trend toward rise in COVID-19 cases.

However, schools in other cities in Maharashtra may reopen as scheduled, taking into account local conditions and the prevailing pandemic situation, an official said.

Schools in Maharashtra, which have been closed since March due to the coronavirus outbreak, were scheduled to reopen for classes 9-12 starting November 23, after the Diwali holidays.

“COVID-19 cases are increasing in the city. Some schools were used as testing and quarantine facilities amid the pandemic.

“To prevent further spread of the infection, we have decided to keep schools closed until December 31,” said Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar.

After registering 409 new coronavirus cases on November 16, the lowest daily count since April, the city recorded 541, 871 and 924 new infections on November 17, 18 and 19, respectively.

Meanwhile, schools in other cities in the state may reopen on schedule, the official said.

“Schools in other parts of the state may reopen as of November 23 if local conditions are favorable,” said the senior school education department official.

If there are no cases or very few infections, local authorities, such as municipal commissioners or district collectors, are empowered to reopen schools, he added.

Schools in the state have been closed for nearly eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure, and classes are held online.

Earlier this month, the Maharashtra government had announced that schools will reopen for classes 9 to 12 starting November 23 with all COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

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