New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Schools across the national capital will continue to remain closed till July 31 in wake of the coronavirus crisis, announced Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday. Schools across India were closed after the central government imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

"Reopening schools is not merely a technical work, rather, it is a creative work that would give schools a new and bigger role. Schools will continue to be closed in Delhi till July 31," he noted.

Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, made the announcement after a meeting with officials of the Directorate of Education (DoE) on how to reopen schools.

The Delhi deputy Chief Minister further said that officials have agreed that online classes and activities with the help of parents should continue across the city-state in the meantime.

The decision has been take in wake of the alarming situation in Delhi. The national capital has reported more than 73,500 coronavirus cases while over 2,400 people have succumbed to the deadly infection so far, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, has appealed people not to panic, saying the situation in the national capital is under control. He further said that the number of coronavirus cases in the city-state has increased because the "government has increased the testing".

"No.of COVID-19 cases in Delhi is high but the situation is under control and there is no need to worry. We've increased testing by three times but positive cases have increased by around 3,000 per day only. Out of the total COVID19 patients, approximately 45,000 people have recovered," Kejriwal said while asserting that the "situation is under control" in the national capital.

Kejriwal also said that COVID-19 patients under home isolation have been given pulse oximeters and that this will act as a "Suraksha Chakra" against the disease. He further said that the state government has got permission to conduct plasma therapy on 200 patients in the city.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma