Coronavirus: Punjab shuts all schools till March 31

Coronavirus: Punjab shuts all schools till March 31

Devotees, wearing facemasks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, arrive to pray at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 13, 2020. Credit: AFP Photo

Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla on Friday announced closing of all schools in the state till March 31 as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of coronavirus.

He, however, said exams would be continued to be conducted according to schedule.

"Holidays have been declared in all government and private schools in the state till March 31 as a precautionary measure," Singla said in a statement here.

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The state government has formed a seven-member group of ministers to daily review the situation triggered by the coronavirus scare. Hospitals are on high alert, with specialized arrangements to tackle any exigency arising out of the crisis.

So far, one person who had returned from Italy had tested positive for coronavirus in Punjab.

The Health ministry on Friday put the number of coronavirus cases in the country at 75, which includes a 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi in Karnataka who became the country's first coronavirus fatality.

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