Schools in Haryana will remain closed till November 30, the state announced today, amid a spike in coronavirus cases across the country. The move came days after over 150 students tested positive for coronavirus. The state’s Directorate School Education ordered the closure of schools in a letter issued to all district education officers, block education officers and other concerned officials.

“In view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and keeping in mind the health of the students, it has been decided by the Haryana government that all government and private schools in the state will be closed till November 30,” said the letter.

The schools will also remain closed for the teaching staff and all school campuses will be sanitised during their closure.

Over 150 school students from three Haryana districts -- Rewari, Jind and Jhajjar -- had recently tested positive for coronavirus infection after which these schools had been closed until further orders.

The students who were asymptomatic too had tested positive during a random sampling drive carried out by the health department for the schools.

The schools in Haryana had reopened earlier this month but only students of classes 9 to 12 were allowed to attend classes with the prior consent of their parents.

Haryana has so far reported 2,212 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the caseload to 2,09,251, while 20 more fatalities took the death toll to 2,113.

Of the fresh deaths, four were from Hisar, three each from hardest-hit Gurgaon and Faridabad, two each from Rewari, Sirsa and Bhiwani, while one death each was reported from Jind, Kurukshetra, Panchkula and Ambala, according to the state health department's daily bulletin.

Among the districts which reported the biggest spike in cases included Gurgaon (645), Faridabad (489), Hisar (162), Sonipat (130) and Rewari (106).

The number of active cases in the state currently stands at 19,579 while the recovery rate was 89.63 per cent.
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