New Delhi: Delhi's deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has said that all government and private schools in Delhi to remain closed till further orders in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in Delhi.

Manish Sisodia is also looking after the education ministry in the Delhi government.

He said," It is not safe to reopen schools in Delhi yet, and also parents are not in favour too". Sisodia also announced that, "Delhi Government has decided to increase 1330 seats in colleges that are under IP University.

Parents are not in favour of reopening schools either, Sisodia said at an online press conference. The Delhi government had earlier announced that schools will remain closed till October 31.

“We keep getting feedback from parents that they are really concerned about whether it is safe to reopen schools. It is not. Wherever schools have reopened, COVID-19 cases among children have risen. So we have decided that as of now schools in the national capital will not reopen. They will continue to be closed till further orders,” Sisodia said.

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Earlier, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on 24 October ruled out reopening of schools in the national capital for now. "Schools are not reopening for now," Kejriwal told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of the measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 4,853 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day spike here till date, as the infection tally in the city mounted to over 3.64 lakh, authorities said.

The previous highest single-day spike of 4,473 cases was recorded on September 16.

Forty-four new fatalities pushed the death toll in the national capital to 6,356, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.