"As the country is seeing a hike in COVID-19, Omicron cases, various state governments have shut down schools and colleges."
As the country is witnessing a hike in COVID-19 Omicron cases, various state governments have shut down schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions immediately while announcing new COVID-19 curbs such as imposing night curfews and weekend curfews. In addition, several state governments have directed schools to stop physical classes and continue with only online classes within the last seven days. Furthermore, several states have also closed colleges and other educational institutions.
Meanwhile, the union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan has announced that over 1 crore children have received the Covid vaccine so far. Also, the state governments have started vaccination drives in school premises so that more children are vaccinated with ease. Additionally, boards such as CBSE and CISCE have informed school heads to encourage parents to complete their child’s vaccination. The sooner they finish it off, the better it is for the children.
COVID-19 in India is rising with a great speed this year, and the cases reached a mark of 3.55 crores. Meanwhile, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have tested COVID-19 positive, along with others. Several higher education institutions have also reported Covid cases such as IIT Guwahati, IIT Kharagpur, and NIT Hamirpur.
Closing of Schools and Colleges Due to Omicron Cases in India: Live Updates
Check out the latest news on Omicron, COVID-19 cases in India and state-wise updates on the closure of schools and colleges. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, UP, and Odisha have decided to shut schools due to a spike in cases.
20 January 2022: Death Rate Reduced in 3rd Wave
Deaths are significantly less in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in comparison to the second wave. Ladakh has reported 185 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 23885 while the active cases in the union territory have gone up to 1020. Jharkhand’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 412939 as 2617 more people tested positive for the virus, while 12 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 5225. India logged 317532 new coronavirus infections, the highest in 249 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 38218773, which includes 9287 cases of the Omicron variant. A total of 70,93,56,830 samples were tested up to 19 January; of which 19,35,180 were tested on 19 January.
COVID-19 Testing Update. For more details visit: https://t.co/dI1pqwfbRz @MoHFW_INDIA @DeptHealthRes @PIB_India @mygovindia @COVIDNewsByMIB #ICMRFIGHTSCOVID19 #IndiaFightsCOVID19 #CoronaUpdatesInIndia #COVID19 #Unite2FightCorona pic.twitter.com/LtlZUgRbjC
— ICMR (@ICMRDELHI) January 20, 2022
19 January 2022: More than 40000 Cases are Reported by Karnataka
Karnataka registers 40499 new COVID cases, out of which, 24135 coronavirus positive cases are from Bangalore. In addition, there are 267650 active COVID-19 cases in the state. Cotton University (CU), Guwahati has suspended physical classes until 31 January in view of the surge in COVID cases. The Assam government has only cancelled offline sessions for up to class 8 in Guwahati and class 5 in the rest of the districts.
Daily new cases hover around 40k today in Karnataka:
◾New cases in State: 40,499
◾New cases in B’lore: 24,135
◾Positivity rate in State: 18.80%
◾Active cases State: 2,67,650 (B’lore- 184k)
◾Deaths:21 (B’lore- 05)
◾Tests: 2,15,312#COVID19 #Omicron
— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) January 19, 2022
18 January 2022: Surge in Covid-19, Omicron Cases
Bihar registered 4551 new COVID cases. Nine individuals died due to a coronavirus infection in Rajasthan. As many as 9711 new cases were reported in the state. Nine individuals from Rajasthan died due to the coronavirus infection in Rajasthan on Tuesday. As many as 9711 new cases were reported in the state. Additionally, Arunachal Pradesh reported the highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases so far this month, as 404 more people tested positive for the virus, raising the total count to 57037. Altogether there has been an 8.31% increase in Omicron cases since 17 January.
17 January 2022: Reopening of Schools and Colleges are Taken into Consideration
Maharashtra government will decide on whether to reopen schools or not within 10-15 days as the number of cases is decreasing. Meanwhile, the Delhi govt has declared that there will be no lockdown since the cases have come down in the past few days. Delhi recorded 24383, 20178, and 18286 COVID positive cases on 14 January, 15 January, and 17 January, respectively. A total of 8209 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected across 29 states and union territories, out of which 3109 have recovered or migrated. Keeping the cases aside, India may begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to children of the 12-14 years age group in March.
15 January 2022: Vaccination of Children is Carried Out around the Country
India’s COVID-19 vaccination cross the 156 crore mark with more than 57 lakh vaccine doses administered on Saturday. As many as 33609191 vaccine doses have been administered for children belonging to the 15-18 age group. However, Bihar registered 6325 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, making the total number of Coronavirus infection cases 781716. Also, Odisha’s COVID-19 cases climbed up to 1122735 on Saturday with 10856 fresh infections, while two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 8478. Meanwhile, India registered 268833 new Covid infections in a day taking the tally to 36850962, which includes 6041 Omicron variant cases.
14 January 2022: Cases in Odisha Rise to a Great Extent
Odisha recorded 10273 fresh COVID-19 cases making the total number of cases 1111879. Four individuals died due to the disease. As many as 1065 children were infected with the Coronavirus. Afterwards, the Central University of Karnataka (CUK) also reported 11 new Covid-19 cases. In between the chaos created by Covid-19, NIOS today declared the result of classes 10 and 12 November-December sessions.
NIOS has declared today,the result of Secondary Course & Sr. Secondary course Nov-Dec,2021 Exam.A total
number of 57258 learners for Secondary course & 82043 learners for Sr.Secondary course
Exam were registered.Learners can view result from: https://t.co/sHScgOTDAW. @ANI pic.twitter.com/xGLPIdAP64
— NIOS (@niostwit) January 14, 2022
13 January 2022: Spike In Covid-19 Cases
Maharashtra recorded 46723 fresh coronavirus cases. The new cases included 86 infections of the highly contagious Omicron strain, pushing their cumulative count in the state to 1367. Also, Bihar registered 6413 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike in the last nine months, with the tally rising to 762461. Assam on Wednesday reported 3274 fresh COVID-19 cases, 437 more than the previous day. Overall, India logged 247417 new coronavirus infections, the highest in 236 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 36317927 which includes 5488 cases of the Omicron variant.
12 January 2022: All Universities Postpone Their Semester Exams due to Rise in Cases
The West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS) has postponed the examination for nursing and MBBS 1st year examination, which was scheduled to be held in the last week of January. Likewise, the Tamil Nadu government also announced that the university semester exams slated for later this month have been postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 situation. Previously, the University of Madras had postponed all semester exams scheduled to begin from 21 January. Similarly, owing to the rise in cases, Mysuru Deputy Commissioner announced that schools will remain closed for LKG to class 10 until further orders. Also, India added 194720 new coronavirus infections, altogether taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 36070510 which includes 4868 cases of Omicron variant.
11 January 2022: Rise in Omicron, Covid-19 Cases in India
India saw a single-day rise of 168063 new COVID-19 infections and 277 fatalities push India’s tally of cases to 35875790, death toll to 484213. 4461 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus were detected across 28 states. Of the total 4461 cases of the Omicron variant cases, Maharashtra registered the maximum number of 1247 cases followed by Rajasthan at 645, Delhi 546, Karnataka 479, and Kerala 350. Keeping the recent situation in mind, all private offices in Delhi were closed, except those in exempted categories according to the Delhi government’s new directions. Also, the Andhra Pradesh government imposed a Covid curfew in the state between 11 PM and 5 AM.
10 January 2022: Schools in UP, Haryana, and Rajasthan Closed
The Rajasthan government announced the closure of schools in urban areas. Schools up to Class 12 in the municipal corporation and municipality areas will remain closed until 30 January. However, online classes will continue as before. The Haryana government has also announced the closure of schools, colleges until 26 January due to the spike in Covid-19, Omicron cases in India. On the other hand, the UP state government also ordered the closure of all schools until 16 January and said the night curfew will continue to be in force between 10 PM and 6 AM in the state. India saw a single-day rise of 179723 coronavirus infections taking the total tally to 35707727 including 4033 cases of the Omicron variant reported across 27 states and union territories.
9 January 2022: Registration for a Precautionary Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine Begins
Lucknow University to remain shut from 10-16 January. Also, Delhi CM Kejriwal tests negative for COVID-19. Registration for a precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine begins on the CoWIN portal on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting virtually on Sunday to review the COVID-19 situation in the country as the Omicron variant fuels a surge in cases. All schools conducting offline classes for students from grades 1 to 9 will remain shut from Monday in the Union Territory due to the rise in Covid cases.
The #COVID19 pandemic has resulted in lost learning for children worldwide.
— United Nations (@UN) January 8, 2022
8 January 2022: India Reports New Cases
Gujarat schools are closed until 31 January, and classes will continue online. India reports 141986 fresh Covid-19 cases with 285 deaths. Over 2 crore children in the 15-18 age group were vaccinated. Odisha closes universities until 1 February. However, an order from the Odisha government said medical colleges, nursing colleges, and other institutions are exempted from this closure under the ministry of health and family welfare. Mumbai sees more than 20000 coronavirus cases in a single day.
तेज गति से जारी बच्चों का टीकाकरण 💉
Great Going, my Young Friends 👦🏻 👧🏻
Over 2 crore youngsters between the 15-18 age group have received their first dose of #COVID19 vaccine in less than a week of vaccination drive for children.#SabkoVaccineMuftVaccine pic.twitter.com/787C2RByHQ
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) January 8, 2022
7 January 2022: Schools Closed Due to Rise in Cases
Odisha shuts colleges and universities amid rising Covid cases. Kerala logs 5296 new COVID-19 cases. Goa sees 1432 new COVID-19 cases, and the positivity rate touches 21.72%. Over 12 lakh children vaccinated in Uttar Pradesh so far. NTA will conduct the All India Sainik Schools Entrance Examination (AISSEE 2022) again for candidates who may miss it due to COVID-related restrictions.
6 January 2022: Fresh Cases Reported
Bengaluru reports 3605 new Covid cases and accounts for 85% of Karnataka’s cases. Schools are closed in Aurangabad for classes 1 to 8 until 31 January as Aurangabad Municipal Corporation suspended physical classes to avoid crowding in schools to limit the increase in Maharashtra Covid cases. Uttar Pradesh government ordered the closure of schools from 6 to 16 January 2022.
5 January 2022: Goa Government Shuts Down Schools
1.06 crore of India’s adolescents aged 15-18 have been administered the 1st dose of the Covid vaccine. The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Delhi. The city is expected to record 10000 new cases on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 10 per cent, city Health Minister Satyendar Jain said. The West Bengal Education Department will grant quarantine leave to teaching and non-teaching staff of West Bengal schools, colleges and universities. The Goa government has shut down schools and colleges until 26 January.
Young India leads the way in strengthening India’s fight against Covid19.
1 crore vaccination in 3 days reflects the sense of responsibility & enthusiasm of our teenagers. I congratulate all those who got jabbed and encourage the eligible ones to get inoculated at the earliest. pic.twitter.com/b71qQZ0vNT
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) January 5, 2022
4 January 2022: Students Test Covid-19 Positive
On Tuesday, the Delhi government instructed all school principals to upload the vaccination status of their students under the 15-18 age group daily by 4 PM. Nearly 5500 fresh cases of Covid were reported in Delhi on Tuesday, with a positivity rate of about 8.5 per cent. Moreover, 100 medical students of Government Medical College in Patiala tested Covid-19 positive on 3 January. Similarly, 93 engineering students of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in Patiala had tested corona positive in the previous week.
3 January 2022: COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Starts
On Monday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma rolled out the COVID-19 vaccination drive for teenagers in the age group of 15-18 years. He also announced plans to inoculate them within the next two months. COVID-19 vaccination for the 15-18 age group begins across 2452 centres in Chhattisgarh. Over 12.3 lakh children have administered COVID-19 vaccine doses across states/UTs until 3 PM on the first day of the inoculation drive of those in the age group of 15 to 18 years.
1 January 2022: Vaccination Starts on Monday, 3 January
The vaccination against COVID-19 of 36 lakh school children in the 15-18 age group will begin on Monday in Madhya Pradesh. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Friday said, “Curbs announced by the Maharashtra government to check the spread of COVID-19 amid the Omicron scare will come into force from midnight.”