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Punjab govt allows reopening of schools for Classes 10-12 from July 26, eases other COVID curbs

Physical presence of the students shall be purely at the consent of the parents and the option of virtual classes shall be continued.
 

Punjab govt allows reopening of schools for Classes 10-12 from July 26, eases other COVID curbs-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Jul 20, 2021, 6:02 PM IST
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The Punjab government on Tuesday allowed the reopening of schools for Classes 10, 11 and 12 from July 26 onwards, as the Covid situation improves in the state.

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announcing further relaxations, including increase in the number of people in indoor gatherings to 150 and outdoors to 300, subject to an upper limit of 50% of the capacity.

Physical presence of the students shall be purely at the consent of the parents and the option of virtual classes shall be continued.

An undertaking to this effect shall be submitted to the deputy commissioners concerned, the CM directed.

School and Mass Education Department Principal Secretary Satyabrata Sahu said that offline Matric Exams (class 10) will be held from July 30 to August 5 in the state adhering to Covid protocols.

With respect to social gatherings, he said artists/musicians shall be allowed at such functions/celebrations in all areas, with adherence due to Covid protocols.

The relaxations came days after the chief minister had ordered opening of bars, cinema halls, restaurants, spas, swimming pools, coaching centres, sports complexes, gyms, malls, museums, zoos, etc. at 50% with vaccine compliance. He had also earlier allowed colleges, coaching centres and all other institutions of higher learning to open with similar compliance.

The state on Monday recorded two Covid-related deaths and 56 fresh infections, taking the number of fatalities and infections to 16,237 and 5,98,387 respectively, according to a medical bulletin. The two new deaths were reported from Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur, it said, adding the toll includes two casualties, which were not reported earlier. The number of active cases stood at 953.

The infection tally stood at 61,893, the bulletin said, adding the death toll reached 809. With 142 recoveries from the infection, the number of cured persons reached 5,81,197 in the state.

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