HP: All educational institutions closed till Jan 26

Shimla, Jan 8 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Government on Saturday decided to close all Educational Institutions till Jan 26 due to sudden Spike in Covid-19 cases.

Decision to close all schools and colleges till Jan 26 was taken by the government here today after a state-level coordination committee meeting held under the leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

All Nursing and Medical colleges will however remain open and will ensure observance of COVID SOPs and safety protocols issued by the Health Department, HP government said in a statement.
Earlier, summer vacation Educational Institutions in the Foothills and mid hills of state was scheduled to be open on Monday onwards.
It was decided in the meeting that all the educational institutions, except Medical, Dental and Nursing Colleges in the State would remain closed till 26th of this month, to ensure safety of the students.

However, no separate notification was made about online classes in these Educational Institutions on the line of summer opening Punjab Educational Institutions where online classes are being under way.

It is worthwhile to mention here that R factor of Covid went up by four in the state.

On Dec 31,2021 there were only 466 active cases in the state which jumped as on Saturday (today) up to 2881 which means that in last one week active case rise by 2415 which is alarming state of Covid outbreak in the evenly populate Himachal. As many as 308 to 309 new cases pouring in the hills State daily in last one week. On Saturday state registered highest spike of 728 case.
Now Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur ordered the Administeration to ensure enhance covid testing, effective monitoring of clusters and strict perimeter to check the spread of third wave of the pandemic.

Government also cautioned the state Administration that medical experts were expecting a sharp surge in number of cases in next few days and weeks, thus special precautions must be adopted.
Now government also directed the authorities to make mechanism of home isolation more effective and revised home isolation guidelines must be implemented.

During the cabinet meeting held on January 5 State council of ministers decide to close the Cinema Halls Gym, swimming polls in the state.


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