NEW DELHI, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the local government in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has ordered an extension of the closure of local schools until April 15, officials said Wednesday.
According to the order issued by the state's school education department, the local schools will remain closed for classes 1 to 8 until April 15. The decision was made over a recent spike in COVID-19 infections locally.
Earlier the state government had decided to reopen classes 1 to 8 from April 1.
"Based on the committee decision taken on December 4, 2020, schools were shut for Classes 1 to 8 till March 31. Considering the rising COVID-19 cases, it has been decided that schools will remain shut for Classes 1 to 8 till April 15," read a circular issued by the school education department.
Meanwhile, classes 9 to 12 will operate as per the previous department circular, and they are required to follow the COVID-19 health guidelines and maintain social distancing norms.
According to the federal health ministry, eight Indian states including Madhya Pradesh have reported a surge in the daily COVID-19 cases and the states collectively accounted for 84.73 percent of the newly confirmed cases.
In the past 24 hours, Madhya Pradesh reported 2,173 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths from the coronavirus epidemic.