Kerala: CM Vijayan Orders Schools to Stay Closed for Sept-Oct Amidst Increasing COVID -19 Cases
As per the latest update, Kerala State Government has decided not to reopen Schools in September and October 2020 in the light of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
The decision to keep schools shut in Kerala for the next two months as directed by Chief Minister of the state, Pinarayi Vijayan.
In an interview on Monday, Kerala CM Vijayan said, "In a given situation, it is not possible to open up educational institutions (schools) either in September or October this year. That is also the thinking of the Centre."
Earlier, the Central Government in its Unlock 4.0 Guidelines allowed educational institutions, including schools, to re-open for higher education, i.e. for students of class 9th and above to visit school premises for in-person doubt-solving sessions from September 21, 2020 onwards.
However, it is unlikely that Kerala will follow the Centre's guidelines.
COVID Cases Seems Consistent Rise Day by Day
On Monday, September 14, 2020 as many as 2,540 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Kerala.
Moreover, 15 more deaths resulted in the state's death toll of COVID-19 reach 454.
In view of the prevailing situation and the increasing number of cases, the Government of the State of Kerala has decided not to reopen schools in September and October 2020.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said, "We currently have 30,486 positive cases, while 79,813 patients have been cured in Kerala."
Lockdown Relaxation: Pain or Gain?
Addressing the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, Kerala CM argued that the recent spike in Coronavirus cases in the state can be attributed to the increasing relaxation of the lock-down measures.
“Although public transport is not fully operational at present, cases are likely to continue once normal activities are resumed, "Vijayan told the media here, adding that the state had planned to conduct 50,000 tests daily.