Bihar COVID-19 news: Schools to remain closed till April 18, fresh guidelines issued

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday (April 9) said that the order for the closure of schools from April 5 to April 11 has been extended by one week. 

Order for closure of schools from April 5 to April 11 has been extended by one week, Kumar told media. Schools in the state will not remain shut till April 18.

“For those from Bihar who are returning to the State due to the current COVID19 situation, arrangements are being made for them. Those coming by trains from Maharashtra will be tested for COVID19 at the railway stations,” Kumar said.

He also said, “I am in the favour of the vaccination of journalists of all age groups. They go everywhere to cover news and should be included among frontline workers.”

Amid the rising cases of COVID-19, state government had last week issued stringent guidelines to contain the spread of the virus. 

Principal Secretary (Disaster Management) of Bihar, Pratyaya Amrit said, “All shops are permitted to open till 7 pm. Cinema hall, public transportation can function on 50% occupancy. Restaurants, Dhabas and hotels are exempted and can function on 25 per cent seating capacity.” 

Only 50 people are allowed in funerals and 100 at weddings. However, people have to strictly follow COVID guidelines, failing which will result in strict action.

Bihar on Thursday (April 8) reported 1,911 fresh COVID-19 cases in 24 hours while India n Friday (April 9) crossed the 1.3 lakh mark by recording 1,31,968 new cases of the virus.

(With ANI inputs)

(With inputs from DNA India)

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