Himachal schools to remain closed till August 28

Tribune News Service
Shimla, August 20

Himachal schools will remain closed until August 28, the state government announced on Friday in a development that comes amid an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases in the state.

A new order issued on Friday said that teaching and non-teaching staff however will continue to report to work as usual.

R-Value remains over 1 for Himachal, shows study

Residential schools will continue to function as usual.

Schools briefly reopened in the state earlier this month but were ordered shut after a rise in Covid cases.

Action would be taken against anyone violating the directions and not following Covid appropriate behavior as per provision 60 of the Disaster Management Act and Section 188 (disobeying a public servant's order) of the Indian Penal Code, the order said.

The state has been reporting 300 cases a day on average over the last few days. A recent study by Chennai's Institute of Mathematical Sciences showed Himachal's Covid reproduction number---a measure experts use to predict the spread of disease---stood at over 1. If R is under 1, it means the number of newly infected people is lower than the number of infected people in the preceding period and the disease incidence is going down.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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