Delhi schools to be closed again? Key DDMA meet today to decide amid rise in COVID cases
Covid-19 has made a drastic return to Delhi-NCR in the past few days. Delhi has been witnessing a spurt in new infections with the positivity rate registering a nearly three-fold rise between April 11- 18, according to city health department data. According to the health bulletin of the Delhi government on Tuesday, 632 fresh cases were reported in the last 24 hours.
This time, what is most troubling is the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases on school campuses. Last week after several students and teachers tested positive in Ghaziabad and Delhi schools it alarmed the parents and the administrations to shut offline classes to eliminate any further spread. Now, as the cases continue to rise in Delhi and NCR regions, it has raised a question among many. Are Delhi-NCR schools going to be shut again?
At this moment, there is no clarity regarding the immediate closure of schools. Schools in the national capital reopened for students in March this year after a gap of almost 2 years due to covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, closing schools again can harm studies further.
To decide on the fate of students and keep all the safety in mind DDMA, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority is to meet on Wednesday, April 20. DDMA is likely to discuss the prevailing situation and is likely to take a call on reimposing the fine for not wearing face masks in public places, official sources said.
The meeting, which will be chaired by the Delhi Lt Governor at 12.30 pm, is also expected to hold discussions on the hybrid modes of education-- online and offline classes -- for schools, they said.DDMA is also expected to discuss the option of the hybrid mode of teaching in schools as many children have been found Covid positive.
Previously, the Delhi government told school authorities to close specific wings or classrooms wherever any student or teacher is found infected.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said on Monday that the Covid situation was not alarming in Delhi although cases were rising. The number of hospitalisations was low and the government will keep a close watch on the situation.