Manipur government on Friday has once again decided to close the schools for class VI to VIII with immediate effect until further notice as part of the precautionary measures to counter the second wave of COVID-19 prevalent in other states.

Education (S) Director L Nandakumar Singh issued the above order and said that it applies to both private and government institutions. However, the state allowed physical classes for Class IX to XII by strictly observing the approved SoPs and guidelines of COVID-19 framed by the state government.

It reiterated that Class V students and below would be taught through online mode only as notified earlier, it said.

It may be noted that after almost a year of closure following the pandemic outbreak, Manipur reopened schools for class 6 to 8 from March 8, 2021. Class 9-12 resumed physical classes from January 21, 2021, with proper COVId-19 guidelines issued by the state and central government.

As of April 9, Manipur recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total confirmed cases to 29,475 while the fatality rate stands at 375. In the last 24 hours, the state reported no new deaths.

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