Delhi Schools will not reopen until vaccine available against covid-19: Manish Sisodia

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Delhi Schools will not reopen until vaccine available against covid-19: Manish Sisodia

The Union Territory of Delhi has made it clear that it has no plans to open schools until there is a vaccine available against Covid 19. In a press co

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The Union Territory of Delhi has made it clear that it has no plans to open schools until there is a vaccine available against Covid 19. In a press conference held by the Deputy Chief Minister cum Education Minister on Tuesday, he said that his government has been taking the concerns expressed by the parents who are completely against sending their wards to school when the situation in the national capital is nowhere near normal. Sisodia added that it was due to the apprehensions expressed by the parents and the worsening situation in Delhi that this decision was taken.

The Health Minister of Delhi Satendrya Jain maintained the same position as Manish Sisodia when asked about the same during a press briefing on Thursday.

The central government announced a nationwide lockdown on the 25th of March this year when the Novel Coronavirus started entering our borders. Schools and Universities were closed pan India until further notice from 16th of March onwards. School and college administrations were encouraged to opt for an online mode of Education so that students don’t lose precious time and knowledge. The central government gave a heavy push to the idea of Online Education to in turn give a push to Digital India.

Under the guidelines of Unlock 5, states were given the liberty to reopen schools for class 9th to 12th on a voluntary basis from 21st September onwards. In order to attend the school physically, the student was required to present a written note signed by the parents that they are willingly sending their ward to school to attend classes physically. However, The AAP government decided against this and kept the schools closed. Several states like Bihar and Andra Pradesh started the process of reopening schools physically and students even came to attend the classes but the move heavily backfired as the reopening of schools led to a sudden spike in Covid cases in these states. Eventually, the schools were closed once again and the school administration was ordered by the state to continue with the online mode of teaching.

With 61,000 tests being conducted by the state on a daily basis, Delhi on Wednesday reported around 5000 cases.

According to the state, the positivity rate has been going down in the last three weeks. The positivity rate touched a new high when it was 15.3% on the 15th of November. The rate was around 15.2% on the 7th of November and it dropped to 8.49% on Wednesday. Positivity rate is defined as the number of samples that return as positive against the total number of samples taken at a particular day and time. According to experts, the situation will be deemed under control in a particular place if the positivity rate is maintained at 5% or less constantly for two weeks.

The Delhi government has been working day and night to increase the number of testing along with the capacity of the testing labs as they have reached their saturation level, as said by Jain.

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