By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi |Updated: September 9, 2020, 2:37:03 pm
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: The number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 4,374,314 after the country detected 89,852 additional cases in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday. With 1,107 deaths, the toll now stands at 73,953. The states with the highest number of Covid-19 cases are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh.
Except in containment zones, the Union Health Ministry has allowed schools to reopen across the country from September 21. The gradual resumption will begin with students of Classes 9 to 12, in a staggered manner. The advisory states that attendance will be voluntary and “only to seek guidance from teachers”. Online classes will continue.
Just a few days ago, India became the second country with the largest caseload, after the United States, which has 6,326,510 cases. India is followed by Brazil (4,165,124), Russia (1,041,007) and Peru (696,190). However, in terms of deaths due to Covid-19, India ranks third after the US (194,037) and Brazil (127,517).
There are over 27.75 million cases of Covid-19 across the world, and 902,108 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. The pandemic has spread to more than 210 countries and territories.
SOPs for reopening of schools: No sports or assembly, call senior students in slots
The Union Health Ministry Tuesday released guidelines for schools to reopen from September 21. Some of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) will include:
- Only schools outside containment zones will be allowed to reopen
- Gradual reopening starting with senior students of Classes 9 to 12
- Prior to reopening, all work areas should be sanitized
- Attendance will be voluntary, and only to seek guidance from teachers. This will be subject to the written consent of parents/guardians
- Online classes will continue
- Guidance activities will be staggered with students being allocated specific time for reporting
- Entry points will have hand sanitizers, thermal screening for temperature
- All schools to have markings on the floor to ensure social distancing
- Morning assembly, sports, and any event or activity that could lead to crowding will not be allowed
- Sharing of items such as class notes and stationery among students will be prohibited