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Over 46K Covid Cases In Maharashtra As Spike Continues; 5,708 In Mumbai

Earlier today, Maharashtra minister Varsha Gaikwad has informed that the state government has allowed the reopening of schools for Classes 1 to 9 for offline classroom sessions from January 24.

Mumbai Logs 5,708 New Covid-19 Cases, Positivity Rate At 10.72%
For the fourth consecutive day, the financial capital has registered less than 300 new Covid-19 cases. (Photo:PTI)

New Delhi: Maharashtra reported 46,197 new Covid-19 cases, up from 43,697 recorded the previous day, 37 deaths and 125 fresh Omicron infections. While, there was a dip in Mumbai on Thursday, with 5,708 new Covid-19 cases along with 12 deaths and 15,440 recoveries. The positivity rate has marginally surged to 10.72% while the city has 22,103 active Covid-19 cases.

India recorded 3,17,532 new Covid cases on Wednesday, 12.2% higher than yesterday’s reported 2.82 lakh daily cases, according to the Health Ministry. 491 people have died due to Covid during the same period, taking the total death count in the country due to the infection to 487,693.

Earlier today, Maharashtra minister Varsha Gaikwad has informed that the state government has allowed the reopening of schools for Classes 1 to 9 for offline classroom sessions from January 24. 

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has approved a proposal to this effect that was sent to him by the school education department, she told reporters. “Written instructions on this will be issued either today or tomorrow,” the school education minister added. 

Schools in Maharashtra were closed in the first week of January due to a spike in the coronavirus cases and in the wake of the emergence of the highly infectious Omicron variant. 

However, a number of parents, activists in the field as well as teachers had strongly opposed the move to shut the schools, saying it would adversely affect the students. 

However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) assessment had indicated that the cases of Omicron infection are not on the rise, and it had said that the curve was flattening. It prompted the officials to propose the reopening of schools for physical attendance. 

“Our SOPs are very strict and clear. We have given four days of advance notice to the management of schools to undertake vaccination and sanitisation and for preparation of time-table. The timing and other necessary decisions will be taken by the local authorities, such as district collector or municipal commissioner based on the local situations,” Gaikwad said. 

(With Inputs from ANI)

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