The schools in Maharashtra is closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Representative image)
The decision on reopening of schools in Mumbai and surrounding areas will be taken after the festival of Diwali, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said on September 23, according to news agency ANI.
Earlier, several reports had also suggested the reopening of the schools after Diwali if the speculated third wave of COVID-19 does not hit Maharashtra, reported News18.
The schools in Maharashtra have are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With the decline in number of coronavirus cases, the state had also formed a committee to set guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the reopening of schools.
The SOPs suggest several mandatory protocols to be followed by schools to prevent the students and staff from the contagion. It included staggered school hours and entry of students, social distancing inside classrooms, wearing face mask, setting up school health clinics among others, the report stated.
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had also said that it would do some groundwork before the schools reopen and physical classes begin, said the report.
Mumbai reported 488 COVID-19 cases and four fatalities on September 22, taking the infection tally to 7,39,364 and the fatality count to 16,063, according to a civic official. With this, the active coronavirus cases in the metropolis reached at 4,706.
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At present, there are 46 sealed buildings in Mumbai, although it has remained free from any containment zones since mid-August. The city civic body seals buildings or declares containment zones if at least five patients test positive for coronavirus infection from any area at one time.
In Maharashtra, 3,608 new COVID-19 cases were reported on the day, up 477 from a day ago, which took the infection tally to 65,31,237. The state also saw 48 COVID related deaths, taking the toll to 1,38,664, reported news agency PTI citing a health department official. Maharashtra now has 39,984 active coronavirus cases.