Education institutions to remain shut as Covid-19 cases surge to 12 in Kerala

Education institutions to remain shut as Covid-19 cases surge to 12 in Kerala

An emergency cabinet that met here on Tuesday has decided to cancel all classes till the 7th standard in Kerala due to the coronavirus outbreak. The decision comes after 6 more positive cases were reported from the state.

This includes the elderly parents of the family which had returned from Italy and tested positive later. With this, the total number of active Covid-19 cases rose to 12 in Kerala.

According to state health minister KK Shailaja, all the 6 new cases had a contact history with the family which had returned from Italy on February 29.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who addressed the media after the cabinet meeting, said the government has decided to cancel all classes up to 7th standard in the state.

"The classes will be cancelled until the end of March. This will be applicable to the CBSE and ICSE schools.

However, exams for students of classes 8th and up will be conducted as scheduled. Those students under isolation will have a provision to attend the say exams later," he said in the press meet.

Vijayan also urged the general public to cooperate with the state government in its efforts to handle the crisis situation.

"The government has decided to cancel all public events until the end of this month. Since this the festival season in many temples, there must be care to avoid massive gatherings. For places of worship they can conduct festivals by limiting it to the necessary rituals or poojas. In Sabarimala, the poojas and rituals will be held as per the customs, however devotees should refrain from offering prayers this time," he said.