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Amid Covid surge, Haryana CM Khattar directs closure of all primary and middle schools till April 30

The Haryana Chief Minister assured that the government is “continuously keeping an eye” on the Covid situation in the state, which has been seeing a surge in infections.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon |
Updated: April 9, 2021 6:39:02 pm
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In light of the surge in Covid cases in the state in recent weeks, all primary and middle schools in Haryana will remain closed until April 30, said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Gurgaon on Friday.

Speaking to the media after chairing the eighth meeting of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) in the city, Khattar offered reassurance that the government is “continuously keeping an eye” on the Covid situation in the state, which has been seeing a surge in infections.

Haryana currently has more than 17,000 active cases, and a positivity rate of more than 4.5 per cent.

“We are continuously keeping an eye on the situation. Yesterday, the Prime Minister also held a video conference with all Chief Ministers, directions have been given… We will handle this on the basis of different cities. We will definitely have to be strict, a lot of things we have already said from before to implement social distancing, using masks, sanitisation, reduce gatherings. We have also decided to close primary and middle schools until April 30,” said Khattar.

“After this, whatever is needed, we will see, but overall, normal life should continue, panic should not be created like it had happened initially last year… so much panic had spread in March and April. There should not be any panic. In provisions, both preventive and punitive, including vaccination, we are continuously identifying active patients, their treatment is also being done. This time, most patients are being isolated at home and the need to come to hospital is not being felt so much. Even then, there are arrangements in hospitals, there is no kind of panic that we will not be able to control this. I am completely confident that with all these arrangements, the way in which we had controlled the situation earlier, we will control the situation again,” he said.

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