Several regions in India reopen schools as Covid cases decline

New Delhi, Nov 1 (EFE).- Schools reopened in several parts of India including its capital, New Delhi, on Monday after 19 months of closure due to the pandemic, as the Asian country has recorded its lowest daily infections in recent months.

The resumption of classes, although at half capacity, comes after schools closed in March 2020 due to the spread of Covid-19.

“Finally!!!! It’s time to come back to school,” tweeted Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Until now schools had opened only for high school students.

Besides New Delhi, the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala reopened primary schools on Monday and celebrated the return of children to classrooms with songs, according to images broadcast on the NDTV news channel.

These three regions will also continue to provide the option of online classes for those families who still do not feel safe sending their children to school.

Other Indian regions have also begun gradually reopening their classrooms in recent weeks, in most cases only for senior students.

This is largely due to the decline in Covid-19 cases in India, where it recorded 12,514 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, one of the lowest figures since March, bringing the total to 34.2 million since the start of the pandemic.

India also reported 251 Covid deaths over the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 458,437.

Meanwhile, the Asian country administered 1.2 million doses against the virus over the past day, in addition to the more than 1 billion jabs since the start of its ambitious vaccination campaign in mid-January.

So far, more than 730 million people in the country of over 1.3 billion people have received at least one vaccine dose, while some 330 million have got both doses. EFE


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