As the threat of the COVID-19 Omircon variant looms large, the reopening of schools in Mumbai, Pune and Nashik has been postponed.
Schools in Mumbai for classes 1 to 7 won't reopen on December 1 but from December 15, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said on Tuesday. This development comes as the BMC is contacting around 1,000 travellers from South Africa who landed in Mumbai.
Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol also said schools for classes 1 to 7 will not reopen in the city from December 1 while Nashik municipal commissioner has stayed decision till December 10 amid concerns over the variant.
However, for the rest of Maharashtra schools will reopen from tomorrow.
Maharashtra Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray in a recent meeting with BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation officials raised concerns over the threat posed by the Omicron variant and reiterated that the BMC has been actively contacting and inquiring after passengers who have arrived in the city since November 10. It has also been contacting and inquiring about arrivals in the city from other countries too.
“We’ve got information on the people who have arrived, thus far. Those who are in Mumbai are being contacted and the BMC is inquiring about their health status. Arrangements are being made for institutional isolation," he said.
Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 115 new COVID-19 cases on November 29, Monday, taking the total tally to 7,62,713.
269 COVID-19 patients recovered and were discharged on Monday, taking the recovery count to 7,41,769. Now, there are 2059 active cases in the city.
City recorded 4 deaths due to coronavirus on Monday, which pushed its fatality count to 16,334 as per data released by the city's civic body.