Monday, October 3, 2022

Online classes to continue in Shillong

Online classes will continue in this mountainous state capital of Meghalaya in view of the surge of Covid-19, an official said.
The government had earlier extended the winter vacation which ended on Monday. “In view of the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state, online classes from Class I to Class XII will resume in Shillong and Shillong Urban Agglomeration till further notice,” a notification issued by Additional Chief Secretary for Education department, Donald Phillip Wahlang noted. The most pandemic-hit East Khasi Hills, which includes state capital Shillong, recorded 242 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, which raised the number of active cases in the district to 1,552.
In the rest of the state, offline classes for class I to class XII will continue until further orders, the notification said. Wahlang said the m deputy commissioners of the various districts have been empowered to assess the risk locally and decide on re-opening of schools either online or offline taking into consideration the Covid cases and in consultation with the district health officials. “A Task Force Committee headed by the deputy commissioner may be constituted to monitor the resumption and safe operations of schools,” the notification said, adding that the Committee, which would include district medical and health officer, school principals and prominent community leaders is empowered to assess the Covid-19 situation and the feasibility of re-opening schools and colleges.
“Elementary to higher secondary school teachers are to attend schools as per their roster duty chart,” the notification said, adding that colleges and higher education institutions are to design their online classes.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya on Monday recorded 305 new COVID-19 cases, 13 less than the previous day, pushing the tally to 88,764, a senior health department official said. Health Services Director Dr Aman War said one new COVID-19 fatality on Monday pushed the death toll to 1,498. He said of the 305 new cases, East Khasi Hills district reported 242, followed by Ri Bhoi (18), West Garo Hills (16), West Jaintia Hills (8), five cases each from West Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills, South West Khasi Hills and one case in West Khasi Hills district.
War said the northeast state now has 2,257 active COVID-19 cases. The Health Services Director said 85,009 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, including 168 during the day. The state has so far tested over 13.05 lakh samples for COVID-19, he said. A total of 22.63 lakh people have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine in the state, War added.