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Coronavirus scare shuts all primary schools till March 31

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Mar 6, 2020, 2:59 am IST
Updated : Mar 6, 2020, 2:59 am IST

14-bed isolation ward set up at Hindurao Hospital for COVID-19 cases.

A hawker wears mask while selling Holi colours at Chandni Chowk in New Delhi on Thursday.  (Photo: PTI)
 A hawker wears mask while selling Holi colours at Chandni Chowk in New Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: To prevent the possibility of spread of coronavirus, the Delhi government has ordered immediate closure of all primary schools in the national capital till March 31.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday that all Delhi government aided, private and schools run by civic bodies will remain shut.

The government has also advised heads of departments (HoDs), autonomous bodies, and municipal corporations to suspend the biometric attendance system in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

“As a precautionary measure to prevent the possibility of spread of COVID-19 amongst our children, the Delhi government has directed immediate closure of all primary schools (govt/ aided/private/MCD/NDMC) till 31/3/20 (sic),” Mr Sisodia tweeted.

“A letter has been written to principal secretaries, secretaries, autonomous bodies, and municipal corporations for the suspension of biometric attendance in view of coronavirus threat,” said a senior government official.

One more case of novel coronavirus was reported in Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region (NCR), taking the total number in the country to 30 so far. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has set up an isolation ward containing 14 beds at its Bara Hindurao Hospital for coronavirus patients.

North Delhi mayor Avtar Singh said that nodal officers have been deputed at Hindurao and Kasturba Hospital to report on coronavirus cases.  

Mr Singh appealed to people to refrain from shaking hands and hugging others and instead greet each other with folded hands.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has formed two rapid response teams for screening of residents who had visited coronavirus-affected countries after January 15 and has already screened 56 houses.

The Delhi government on Thursday advised head of departments (HoDs), autonomous bodies and municipal corporations to suspend the biometric attendance system in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, an official said.

“A letter has been written to principal secretaries, secretaries, autonomous bodies and municipal corporations for the suspension of biometric attendance in view of coronavirus threat,” the official said.

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