New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in 2020, the Delhi government shut down the schools and directed the authorities to take up virtual mode to teach the students. As the national capital was witnessing a considerable dip in the COVID-19 cases, speculations were rife that the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government might reopen physical classes. However, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has clarified on Thursday that schools will remain shut until the COVID-19 vaccination process is complete.

"Internationally, trends show that the third wave of COVID is imminent. So we don't want to take any risk until the vaccination process is complete," Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said while speaking to reporters.

Earlier, it was reported that the Delhi government is taking feedbacks from stakeholders and school authorities to reopen the school amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation in the city. "Consultation with stakeholders and conversation within the department on the matter (reopening of schools) has already begun. The agenda of reopening schools are on the table, and we are waiting for feedback from parents during the upcoming PTMs before taking any call. While cases have gone down, we have to take the confidence level of students and parents into account and find out whether they feel confident about returning to school or not,” the official was quoted saying in the Hindustan Times report.

Talking about the COVID-19 tally, Delhi recorded 72 new cases and one death in the last 24 hours. According to the data shared by the health department, the positivity rate stood at 0.10 per cent. With single death, the death toll stands at 25,022, according to the latest bulletin.

On Wednesday, Delhi had recorded 77 cases and one death, while on Tuesday, the daily COVID-19 tally was 76 with two fatalities.

Meanwhile, several states, including Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Pudducherry, have issued plans to reopen the schools, colleges and other educational institutions. The schools have been reopened with only 50 per cent capacity and under strict COVID-19 protocols.

Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv