'Not now, don't want to take any risk': Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on reopening of schools

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that schools will reopen in the capital city until and unless the vaccination process is not completed.

While talking to reporters, the AAP chief explained, "Internationally, trends show that the third wave of COVID is imminent and so we don't want to take any risk."

After imposing a strict lockdown in the mont of May-June, the capital city has seen a massive decline in the cases, since the last few days, the city has been recording cases below 100 mark. However the Kejriwal government is not risking any chances to open any educational institutions.

Heads of government schools have said that phased reopening of schools may be discussed in the upcoming parents teacher meeting of Delhi government schools scheduled to be held between July 19 and 31. With cases being resgistered below 100, and the positivity rate staying less than 1% for over a month, the heads of schools said they were waiting for directions from the state government to restart offline classes. To be sure, only the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is empowered to decide if schools should be reopened or not.

Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 72 new cases of coronavirus and one death today, while the positivity rate stood at 0.10%, as per the data shared by the health department in the city.

The single new fatality has pushed the death toll in the city to 25,022, according to the latest bulletin.

On Wednesday, the national capital had recorded 77 cases and one death, while on Tuesday the daily infection tally was 76 with two deaths.

On 16 February, 94 people were diagnosed Covid-19 positive while the daily tally was 96 on 27 January, as per the official figures.

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