Rajasthan issues new COVID guidelines; asks schools to encourage online courses

Keeping its eye on the increase in COVID cases in the state, the government of Rajasthan released new guidelines on Friday to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus while ordering schools to give online classes to students who do not wish to join school for physical classes.

With the increase in COVID cases in the state, the government has made COVID testing mandatory for symptomatic people while encouraging all adults to administer both doses of the vaccine.

New COVID guidelines issued by the state’s Home Office say students wishing to take physical classes at school will need to obtain parental consent in writing.

Prayers of the assembly stopped, canteens closed

The government led by Ashok Gehlot has asked schools to suspend assembly prayer sessions for the time being. He also called for school canteens to be closed while urging students and teachers to maintain standards of social distancing during physical classes. It has been made compulsory for teaching and non-teaching staff to receive the two doses of the COVID vaccine 14 days before coming to the institutes.

“No mask, no entry,” Rajasthan government tells students

For the transportation of students, the government has ordered buses and cars to operate according to their capacity. “No mask, no entry rules” and sanitation rules must be followed, the ministry said.

The “do gaj door” standard will have to be strictly observed, the government said. The government of Rajasthan has also said that if a school reports a single case of COVID, the institution will be closed for 10 days.

New variant of COVID of concern

On Thursday, the central government called on all states and union territories to step up screening and testing of all international travelers arriving or transiting through South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana, where a new COVID variant with serious public health implications has emerged.

The new variant of the COVID virus is a matter of serious concern as it has a high number of spike mutations never seen before, resulting in both higher transmissibility and a higher immune system. In South Africa, authorities on Thursday confirmed 22 positive cases associated with the new variant. Scientists around the world are now watching the new variant for signs that it is gaining momentum in terms of cutting edge mutations.

(Inputs: ANI / PTI)

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