Mumbai: All schools under the jurisdiction of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will remain closed till December 31 in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city. The schools were earlier scheduled to reopen on November 23.

"The decision has been taken in the wake of rise in #COVID19 cases in Mumbai. Schools will not re-open on November 23," Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said today, according to ANI.

However, schools in other parts of Maharashtra can reopen on November 23, as directed by the state government.

The schools would reopen in the state, except Mumbai after a gap of 7 months under Mission Begin Again.

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BMC officials have said the move reflects apprehensions over a possible second wave of the pandemic sweeping through the city.

Mumbai on Thursday reported 924 fresh cases, taking its overall numbers to 2,72,449. This was the highest daily count so far this week in the city. Its death numbers has gone up to 10,624 with 12 new fatalities reported till Thursday.

All the schools that will open on Monday for classes 9 to 12 are getting sanitized, by following the guidelines. The state education department also made it mandatory for teachers to undergo an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 before the schools reopen, so as to minimise the risk of the virus.

Teachers who will attend the schools will have to undergo an RT-PCR test to detect Covid19 after Diwali starting from November 17 till November 22, 2020. As per School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, only one child will be allowed to sit on a single bench and classes will be held on alternate days.