Schools in Himachal Pradesh are closed till September 21 amid rising Covid-19 cases. Students of Classes 9 to 12 are taking their first term exams online this week. (HT file photo)
Schools in Himachal Pradesh are closed till September 21 amid rising Covid-19 cases. Students of Classes 9 to 12 are taking their first term exams online this week. (HT file photo)

Himachal Covid update: Schools to stay closed till Sept 21

The Himachal Pradesh government has deferred the reopening of schools for regular classes for one more week in due to the Covid-19 situation
By HT Correspondent, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 03:29 AM IST

The Himachal Pradesh government has deferred the reopening of schools for regular classes for one more week in due to the Covid-19 situation.

The Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) issued orders to this effect late on Monday.

At present, the first term exams of Classes 9 to 12 are underway in Himachal. The exams are being conducted online.

Schools were re-opened for Classes 9 to 12 in the state on August 2 after the second wave of Covid-19 subsided but were closed a week later due to the rise in coronavirus infections.

Positivity rate climbs to about 2%

Himachal Pradesh has been reporting an average of 200 cases of Covid-19 daily. The positivity rate has again climbed to about 2% from 0.9% in July.

To date, the state has seen 2,15,893 infections, while 3,623 people have died due to the contagion.

More than 1,500 active cases were reported in the state on Monday.

Meanwhile, HP recorded 195 fresh Covid-19 infections on Tuesday taking the state’s tally to 2,16,088 while the death toll mounted to 3,626 after three patients succumbed to the infection.

Of the new cases, 54 were reported in Kangra, 48 in Hamirpur, 31 in Mandi, 22 in Shimla, 11 in Bilaspur, eight in Chamba, six in Lahaul-Spiti, four each in Kullu and Una, two in Solan and one in Kinnaur.

The active cases have gone up to 1,532 while recoveries reached 2,10,913 after 181 people recuperated.

150 test positive in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 150 fresh coronavirus infections on Tuesday. There were 112 cases in Kashmir valley while the Jammu division saw 38 infections. The summer capital Srinagar, which is witnessing increase in cases, saw the highest count of 75 cases.

The number of patients who were cured in the UT was 72 with active cases reaching 1,325.

Srinagar district has the highest number of active cases at 656 followed by Baramulla and Budgam districts with 151 and 119 cases, respectively.

The overall number of people who have recovered reached 3,21,401 prompting the recovery rate to mount to 98.24%. Since the pandemic started, the overall cases in J&K have reached 3,27,140 and the death toll stands at 4,414.

Officials said that 49,481 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours in the UT .

13 detained in Srinagar for not wearing masks

Amid surge in daily Covid cases in few areas of Srinagar district, the administration on the directions of DC Mohammad Aijaz Asad heightened its efforts to ensure compliance with SOPs and guidelines.

A government spokesperson said that flying squads inspected different locations of Srinagar, including Bemina, Batamaloo, Lal Chowk and others, and detained 13 people for not wearing masks and violating Covid guidelines.

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