Coronavirus: AP Schools to be shut in COVID hotspots

The Government of Andhra Pradesh ordered the closure of educational institutions where Coronavirus cases have been increasing drastically. It has cautioned people about a possible second wave and instructed authorities to take all precautionary measures to ensure safety of students. However, the education minister clarified that written and practical exams would be held as per schedule.
On the other hand, the government has called for forming special monitoring cells in all mandals and districts to monitor the situation in all educational institutions.
Explaining the incident where 168 students got infected with COVID-19 in an educational institution in Rajahmundry, the minister announced that COVID tests for students would be increased and stern action would be initiated against educational institutions which neglect conduct of the test.
“The next two months would be crucial and therefore, we urge managements o educational institutions to take measures to contain the spread of the virus.” Meanwhile, district collectors and joint collectors have been asked to ensure thermal screening in every educational institution in coordination with officials from the medical and health department.
The government also stated that half-day schools would start on April 1. He said that the biometric system has been updated for the half-day schools and directed the officials to use biometric attendance without fail. However, going by the rising cases, it seems like the government may take a call on shutting all schools if the situation worsens.

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