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Thiruvananthapuram: Classes for 1-9 will resume full-fledged from February 18. The decision was taken at the Covid-19 review meeting on Monday. Earlier, the government had allowed restarting the classes on February 14. Rolling back the full day schedule has been under consideration of the department since then.
Standards 10, 11, and 12 and colleges resumed classes on February 7. These classes are also following the morning to evening schedule.
Meanwhile, the meeting also decided to continue the restriction on the number of students per class. Only 50% of the strength is allowed in one class. However, the schools are directed to prepare to accommodate all students soon.
A new guideline for lower classes will be prepared, education minister V Sivankutty said.
The meeting also decided to see how best could important events like Aluva Sivarathri, Maramon Convention and the famed Attukala Pongala be held with increased participation and for this a proper analysis would be done and a decision will be taken shortly.
Also on the anvil is what sort of protocols should be observed as February is the month when there are festivals in temples in North Kerala districts.
Another decision that has been taken is the opening of post Covid clinics across the state and the CM has asked the Health department to see appropriate action is taken against private hospitals which have without proper reason given monoclonal antibody treatment to Covid patients.
The third wave of the pandemic struck the state badly as on many days in the past month and early this month, the daily Covid positive cases had touched 50,000 or close to that.
Since the past few days the daily cases have witnessed a declining trend and even with a total of around 3 lakh active cases, the saving grace was those in hospital were only around 3 per cent.
And now with things getting better and the Sunday 'lockdown' also lifted, it could be a relief for all.
(With inputs from IANS)