All Educational Institutions in Telangana to be closed from Jan 8 to 16

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has directed all the educational institutions in the state to remain closed from January 8 to 16. Accordingly, all the schools and colleges will be given holidays for a week.

The decision has been taken by the Chief Minister on Monday during a review meeting with the health department.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand asked police personnel to strictly adhere to COVID -19 safety protocols including wearing face masks and observing social distancing, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

“If anyone is facing health issues, they should inform their superior officers. Action will be taken against officials who show negligence. It is our responsibility to take care of the staff,” he said.

Several states in India have shut down schools from today, January 3, due to a spike in COVID-19 and Omicron cases in the country.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 vaccination drive for 15 to18-year-olds children has begun in states like Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, etc.

The COVID-19 vaccination registration will be online on the government’s vaccination portal, Co-WIN or one could also walk in for vaccination at the centres. Children of this age group are only eligible for Covaxin, which has been cleared for emergency use, for children. The new guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination will be in effect from January 3, 2022.

Earlier on Monday, State Health Minister T Harish Rao said that the positivity rate in the state and in the country has increased by four-fold in the past week.

Telangana Director of Public Health and Family Welfare (DPH) Srinivas Rao has dismissed the rumours of lockdown and night curfews in the state.

DPH Rao said, “Some false/misleading news is circulating on social media about lockdown and night curfew. I request you not to carry such rumours,”.

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) along with the Telangana government will undertake a statewide SARS Cov-2 or a COVID-19 serosurvey starting from January 4. The massive study will be held across all of the state’s 33 districts, and 16,000 samples will be chosen randomly from 330 villages to assess the community spread of infection in Telangana.

On December 24, 2021, the Telangana high court directed the state government to take steps to prevent public gatherings during Christmas, New Year, and Sankranti expressing concern over the new Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.

The Telangana government last week also banned rallies and public meetings in the state indefinitely in view of the Omicron threat. Meanwhile, the state police have also decided to intensify checking for violators of COVID-19 norms in Hyderabad and other parts of the state, especially with regard to the law of imposing a fine of Rs 1000 for not wearing masks in public.

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