The Government of Mizoram has announced to shut all schools that were reopened for students of Classes 10 and 12 due to the rising number of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and also because some people have tested positive for the contagious infection, Education Minister Lalchhandama Ralte said on Sunday.
A meeting was held with senior school education officials and teachers’ associations, where it was decided that the schools will reopen from November 9 unless new problems crop up, he said.
The decision for the resumption of classes for students of Classes 10 and 12, who are going to sit for their board exams next year, was taken in a meeting chaired by Ralte on October 12.
According to the government order issued on Friday night, The Mizoram (Containment and Prevention of Covid-19) Act, 2020, The Mizoram (Containment and Prevention of Covid-19) Ordinance, 2020, traffic rules and other safety protocols will be strictly maintained during the no tolerance drive.
Only 70% of government employees will attend office on an alternate basis and 30% of them, who are young and energetic, will be deployed for Covid19 duty, it said.
The number of attendees at funeral and marriage reception has been reduced from 50 to 35 and that of anniversary celebrations, political and other social events from 50 to 20.
The new order closed gymnasium and picnic resort while games and sports practice is allowed with maximum attendee or participants of 10 for indoor and 25 for outdoor.
Mizoram has reported 2,389 coronavirus cases till Saturday, of which 195 are active. Meanwhile, India detected 50,129 cases of the novel coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am Sunday, taking its overall tally to 78.64 lakh. The detection of new cases has remained below 60,000 for the last seven days. India’s tally of 78,64,811 cases includes 6,68,154 patients who are undergoing treatment, 70,78,123 who have recovered and 1,18,534 deaths. The active cases have declined for the 22nd consecutive day and is now the lowest since August 13.