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Covid Scare: Bihar closes schools, hostels and institutions followed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra

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          Amid a nationwide record increase in daily COVID-19 cases, the Bihar government declared on Thursday (January 7) the shutdown of all schools, coaching centers, hostels, and other educational facilities in the state till January 21.

The directive from the Bihar government stated that “all schools, colleges, coaching centers, and hostels shall stay closed till January 21.”

Aside from that, government and commercial offices in Bihar will have a 50 percent personnel presence.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Bihar government imposed a new statewide night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from January 6 to 21.

According to an earlier directive issued by the state administration, “pre-school and 1 to 8 programs will stay open, and online education will continue.” Educational institutions from grades 9 to 12 will operate at 50% capacity.

Restrictions will be in force from January 6 to January 21.

Meanwhile, in Bihar, 1659 additional COVID-19 cases were registered in 24 hours on Wednesday. Bihar currently has 3697 ongoing COVID cases, with a 97.84 percent recovery rate.

This comes as India, which is claimed to be in the midst of a third COVID wave caused by Omicron, recorded 90, 928 new cases on Thursday.

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