With a rise in Omicron variant cases in Maharashtra, school education minister Varsha Gaikwad said on Wednesday that schools in the state may be shut down if the number of patients in the state, continue to increase.
“If Omicron cases continue to rise, we may take a call to shut the schools again. We’re monitoring the situation,” Gaikwad said, according to a leading news agency.
Maharashtra recorded 11 new cases of Omicron variant on Tuesday taking the total to 65 cases. Of the fresh infections, four were found at the Mumbai airport during surveillance screening. The city has the highest number of Omicron cases in the state, at 30, followed by Pimpri-Chinchwad (12) and Pune (10).
The remaining eight patients, detected during screening operations at the Mumbai airport, include one each from Kerala, Gujarat and Thane, while the rest are from Mumbai. Of the eight patients, two had travel history to Dubai, four to England and two others had returned to Mumbai from Uganda via Dubai.
Maharashtra allowed reopening of Physical classes from December 1.