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Maharashtra Schools To Reopen For Classes 8-12 In Urban Areas From Oct 4

Mumbai Schools in Maharashtra have been allowed to open from October 4, the state’s School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said on Friday.

The Maharashtra government on Friday decided to reopen schools from October 4, with state Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad announcing that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has approved the decision.

Gaikwad said the Covid-19 task force and the state health department have also approved the decision to reopen schools in the state.

Classes will resume for students of classes 5 to 12 in rural areas and 8 to 12 in urban areas. The Maharashtra government is making efforts to bring the children back to school. She said that powers have also been given to the local officials.

Further, she informed that students will come to schools only with the consent of their parents, attendance will not be made compulsory for any beneficiary scheme or exam. Students will be able to receive education through both online and offline mediums.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 3,320 COVID-19 cases and 61 deaths on Thursday, taking its tally of infections to 65,34,557 and the toll to 1,38,725, a health department official said. With 4,050 patients being discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the number of recoveries rose to 63,53,079.

The state now has 39,191 active cases. The official said that 2,61,842 people are in home quarantine in the state and another 1,461 people are in institutional quarantine. The state’s COVID-19 recovery rate now stands at 97.22 per cent, while the death rate stands at 2.12 per cent.

The cumulative number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state climbed to 5,76,46,515 as 1,70,373 samples were examined in the last 24 hours, he said.

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