Indian: Health expert cautions against decision to reopen schools

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An Indian health expert says that the decision to reopen in the country has to be taken very cautiously.

V.K. Paul, a member of the government’s think-tank: the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog (commission), gave the warning during a media briefing.

He said that was because the new cases were showing a downward trend, and authorities in various states were beginning to ease restrictions and started unlocking.

However, the decision to open and educational institutions was yet to be taken.

Paul said, “School is a crowd, a medium or large gathering, which gives for virus to infect.

“So, we should take that risk only when we are rather better protected, virus is suppressed and we are able to sit at a distance.

“But, is easy to take this decision to open when an unpredictable situation is prevalent,’’ he said.

Paul said that the decision had to be taken cautiously, adding that the virus was suppressed at present due to discipline and restrictions prevalent in many states.

“If we ease restrictions and open schools, then the virus to infect,’’ he said.

India’s Federal Government had cancelled the classes 10 and 12 board examinations citing uncertain conditions due to the ongoing .

The government said that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would take steps to compile the results as per “well-defined objective criteria.’’

India’s tally surpassed the 30-million marks and the deaths toll crossed 390,000 Wednesday, said the Federal of Health.

While the tally rose to 30,028,709, the aggregate toll reached 390,660.