Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Tuesday said the administration has decided to shut schools for Classes 1 to 8 in Pune district till January 30 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.
Speaking to reporters after attending the review meeting of the COVID-19 situation, Mr Pawar, who is also the guardian minister of the district, said teaching in online mode will continue.
The decision has come a day after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation announced that schools for Classes 1 to 9 and 11 will remain shut in Mumbai till January 31. “In view of the rising cases of COVID-19, we have decided to shut schools in Pune district for Classes 1 to 8 till January 30,” Mr Pawar said, adding that online teaching will continue for these classes.
Pune district comprises Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area and Pune rural. The minister advised people to use three-ply or N95 masks, instead of cotton ones.