Kerala School Reopening News Update: As per the latest update, Kerala State Government has decided against reopening of Schools in Sept and October 2020 in the light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state. The decision regarding Kerala Schools being closed during next two months was conveyed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. During a media interaction on Monday, Kerala CM Vijayan said that “"In the given situation, it's not possible to open educational institutions (schools) either in September or October. This is also the thinking of the Centre.” Earlier, Central Government in its Unlock 4.0 Guidelines allowed educational institutions including schools to reopen for higher classes i.e. from 9th and above Class students to visit school premises for in-person doubt solving sessions from 21st Sept onwards. However, Kerala is unlikely to follow this guideline of Centre.
Consistent rise in COVID Cases in the State
On Monday i.e. 14th Sept, the state reported as many as 2,540 new coronavirus cases were reported in Kerala. On Monday, 15 more fatalities took the state's COVID-19 death toll to 454. Looking at the prevailing situation and the rising number of cases, Kerala State Government has decided against reopening of schools in Sept and October 2020. Addressing media persons, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that "At present, we have 30,486 positive cases, whereas 79,813 patients have been cured in Kerala.”
Increase in Cases due to Lockdown Relaxations
Addressing the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, Kerala CM said that the recent spike in Coronavirus cases in the state can be attributed to the increasing relaxations being granted in the lockdown measures. Even though public transport is not fully operational at present, the cases are likely to go up once normal activities are resumed," Vijayan told the media here, adding that the state was planning to conduct 50,000 tests daily.