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Maharashtra: Government will consider reopening schools in the next 15 days

The need for school reopenings in Maharashtra would be reviewed in the next 10-15 days, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said in Jalna, because there is a low prevalence of coronavirus infection in children and they are missing out on education.

He stated that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray would make the ultimate decision. Schools in Maharashtra have been closed until February 15 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the state.


Tope said to media persons that as students lose their education, there is a growing demand from some sectors to reopen schools. He also stated that they would reconsider it after 10-15 days because the chances of illness among youngsters is minimal and that the chief minister will make the final decision in this matter,

Tope expressed alarm about the rise in cases, noting that people do not appear to be afraid of the coronavirus.  He also added that the guidelines and protocols of Coronavirus must be properly followed and that both regular people and government should collaborate to minimise traffic congestion.


Speaking about the present state of the pandemic, the health minister stated that while the number of hospitalizations and the demand for medical oxygen is increasing in Maharashtra, the number of hospitalizations and the need for medical oxygen remain low.

The state health minister stated on the first anniversary of the COVID-19 immunization campaign that 10-15% of eligible persons in Maharashtra had yet to be vaccinated since the vaccine is optional.


Tope stated that It is difficult for the health service to achieve 100% immunization, but they are trying their best to make it happen.

Maharashtra’s state health department reported 42,462 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, down 749 from Friday, and 23 fatalities. As of Saturday, the total number of cases was 71,70,483, and the death toll was 1,41,779 people.