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West Bengal: Students to return to schools, colleges from November 15, announces CM Mamata Banerjee

Schools and colleges in the state have remained closed since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March last year.

West Bengal: Students to return to schools, colleges from November 15, announces CM Mamata Banerjee-dnm
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Kolkata, First Published Oct 25, 2021, 4:56 PM IST
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Schools and colleges will reopen in West Bengal from November 15, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Monday and directed the chief secretary to take necessary measures to facilitate the process.

Banerjee, after attending an administrative review meeting at Uttar Kanya in Siliguri, asked chief secretary HK Dwivedi to ensure proper cleaning and sanitisation of educational institutions before they reopen.

Schools and colleges in the state have remained closed since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March last year.

The West Bengal government had in September hinted that it might allow schools and colleges to reopen in the state after the festive season, provided the cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) don't see a spurt.

However, the state continued to record an upward trend in Covid-19 infection for the fourth consecutive day after the Durga Puja festival last week, according to the state Health department bulletin released on Sunday.

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On Sunday, the state reported 989 new cases, higher than the previous day’s 974 cases. On October 22, 21 and 20, the number of fresh cases was 846, 833 and 867 respectively. On Sunday, West Bengal registered 10 fresh fatalities due to coronavirus, two less than what the figure was on Saturday.

CM Banerjee has urged people to follow the safety protocols rigorously to curb the spread of the viral infection.

The Bengal CM has urged everyone to wear their facemasks properly, covering the nose, to avert being infected with the disease.

"Please wear the mask properly. The number of Covid cases registered a spike after Durga Puja. Hence, you must follow the Covid safety precautions, do not keep the mask hanging from your chin," CM Banerjee said at a meeting.

Banerjee has urged everyone to follow the coronavirus safety protocols during the upcoming Kali Puja, Diwali, Chhat Puja and Jagaddhatri Puja festivities.

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