Schools for grades 1 to 8 will operate online until January 31
Given the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 and its variant Omicron, Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut announced on Wednesday that no offline courses will be held for Std 1 to 8 in any of the Nagpur schools from Thursday to January 31st. Dr Raut reviewed the readiness of the administration and health facilities. On Wednesday, he visited Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and provided an update on bed layout, availability of drugs, condition of oxygen factories. During a press conference at the divisional police station, Dr Raut said: “Cases of COVID-19 were on the rise in Mumbai and Pune. In recent days, Nagpur has also witnessed the same situation. Our district also registers Omicron cases almost daily.
This is not a good situation and we do not want it to get any worse. In view of this, we have decided to keep the schools closed until January 31st as a first step. We will take stock of the situation and then decide whether or not to extend the borders. Nagpur Municipal Corporation also issued an order to close schools. The order signed by Radhakrishnan B, municipal commissioner, said: “All offline courses for grades 1-8 in schools will no longer be held until January 31, 2022. There will be no restrictions for holding of online courses. Classes of Standard 9 to 12 will continue to be conducted offline at their respective institutions following all COVID-19 standards. Dr Nitin Raut also ordered to speed up the vaccination, increase the number of tests and take punitive measures for violations of COVID-19 protocols. It held a high-level review meeting at the office of the division commissioner. The meeting was attended by Zilla Parishad President Rashmi Barve, Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, Divisional Commissioner Prajakta Lavangare Verma, Nagpur Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar, Collector R. Vimala, Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan b. Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Yogesh Kumbhejkar, District Police Superintendent Dr Vijay Magar, Deputy Police Commissioner Basavaraj Teli. During the meeting, the Minister for the Guardians sought the advice of high-level medical experts from the task force.
The current corona virus infection in Nagpur, its prevalence and the increasing number of patients were discussed during the meeting. Dr Raut added, “All employees in government offices, schools and colleges should be fully immunized and heads of relevant departments should take note of this. Employees working in various government offices should get tested for the RTPCR. If they are negative, they will be allowed to work in the office. People who test positive for the virus should stay home if they do not have symptoms. Dr Raut called on people not to panic but to help the administration by following corona prevention measures. Some decisions may be made by the state government in the future. Therefore, the medical system must be fully prepared so that the corona wave does not affect, Dr Raut suggested at the time.