“Wing Or Classroom Where COVID Is Detected Should Be Temporarily Closed”: Manish Sisodia About Covid Guidelines In Delhi Schools Amid Surge

Manish Sisodia

New Delhi: On Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that a specific group of classrooms or wing where covid has been detected should be closed temporarily. He also clarified that the entire school should only be closed in specific cases.

These remarks of Sisodia came against the backdrop of rising cases of COVID-19 among school children and staff members.

For reviewing the current situation in Delhi, a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has been called on April 20.

Responding to a question at a press conference Sisodia said, “We haven’t asked them to close schools. Our guidelines say that only a specific wing or classroom where someone was found COVID positive should be temporarily closed. Schools can take a decision to close the entire premises in specific cases where an infected child or staff has been through multiple areas of the school…we have made it decentralised.”

A fresh advisory for schools in the national capital on April 13, was issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE). The advisory is directing them to close the entire premises or specific wings temporarily if any student or staff tests positive for COVID-19.

The department has also urged students and staff must wear masks and maintain social distancing to the extent possible.

“We will review the COVID situation in our next DDMA meeting on April 20. In the meeting, there are experts who are keeping an eye on new variants and they present their observations and analysis in the context of Delhi, which helps us to make informed decision,” Sisodia said.

On Thursday, Delhi reported 325 new COVID-19 cases. The positivity rate stood at 2.39 per cent, according to data shared by the city’s health department.

Reports of infections from schools have sparked concerns, weeks after they opened for completely offline classes following a two-year gap due to the pandemic.

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