Last updated: December 24, 2022 at 11:20 am IST
The news from China that a new variant is emerging and wreaking havoc has unsettled citizens and authorities again (Representative image)
Schools and societies in Delhi-NCR on Thursday wanted to boost their Covid preparedness by issuing Covid safety circulars to protect school children and local residents
As the center keeps tabs on the global Covid situation following the recent spike in cases in China and other countries, schools and societies in Delhi-NCR on Thursday looked to strengthen their Covid preparedness by issuing Covid safety circulars to alert school children and local residents to protect.
Just as people were taking a breather from the long months of the Covid-related pandemic and life was returning to normal with offices, colleges and schools back to normal, the news from China that a new variant was emerging and wreaking havoc has citizens and authorities unsettled again .
“Effective Monday (December 26), mask-wearing will be mandatory for staff and students, as recommended by government agencies. Mass gatherings of students will be avoided and we are suspending the school/class assembly for the time being,” Nikita Tomar Mann, Principal of Indraprastha Global School, Noida, told IANS.
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“Any student or teacher suffering from a cold, cough and fever will not report to school until they have been found fit to work/school by their doctor. Teachers were advised to be prepared and have their devices, software, etc. ready for online teaching if needed,” she informed.
Mann emphasized that while it’s important to be prepared and cautious, “it’s imperative that we don’t create fear and panic.”
Up until the end of 2019, no one could have imagined that Covid-19 and its variants Alpha, Beta, Delta and Omicron would change our lives to the extent that it has been doing around the world in recent years.
As a precautionary measure, several companies in the NCR area have re-issued guidelines for residents enforcing the wearing of masks when roaming within the premises.
Sr. Pramila Judith Vas, Rector of Fr. Dr. Agnel School in Greater Noida, said the pandemic has dramatically changed the education landscape and they will emerge strong from this new threat.
“Let’s not be overwhelmed by the virus, but create within ourselves an optimistic, hopeful spirit to lift us up and unleash the inner potentials to move forward with confidence,” Vas said.
The upcoming winter breaks at schools in Delhi-NCR will be crucial to ward off possible school superspreaders and the state government can extend the winter breaks if necessary.
India reported a total of 185 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours on Thursday, according to the Union Ministry of Health.
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