Mumbai | Jagran Education Desk: The schools in Mumbai for classes 1 to 9 will remain closed till January 31, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced on Monday. "Schools for classes 10 and 12 will continue," BMC further added in an official statement.

"Mumbai is the financial capital of India and as a result, people from all over the country come here which has led to the increase in COVID-19 cases. We have seen that 16 per cent of children are infected with COVID-19 in Mumbai. So we have decided to close the schools", said Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar.

"The vaccination drive for children aged 15 to 18 will continue as it is. The children would be called from their house according to their turn", added the Mayor.

However, after the Christmas break, due to constant rise in the number of COVID-19 infections, schools had decided to wait and watch for a few days before resuming offline classes. Calls by concerned parents too played a pivotal role in the decision. No official closure was announced until Monday, January 3, 2022.

Earlier, the schools for classes 1 to 7 had reopened in Mumbai on Wednesday, December 15, over 20 months after they were shut for physical classes due to the outbreak of the pandemic and imposition of restrictions.

The schools were closed in March 2020 in the Maharashtra capital after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier, the decision to reopen schools from December 4 was postponed due to the detection of Omicron variant of coronavirus.

On Sunday, Mumbai recorded 8,063 new cases taking the total cases to 29,819. Maharashtra recorded a total of 510 Omicron cases till now.

Posted By: Mukul Sharma