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Goa: Physical classes will resume in higher education institutions after a year

By PTI

Panaji: For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, the Goa government on Monday decided to allow institutions imparting higher education to conduct offline classes for students with all protocols.

A circular issued by Director of Higher Education Prasad Lolaykar said that the state government has removed the restrictions imposed on educational institutions to conduct classes in physical mode.

“Heads of educational institutions falling under the purview of Directorate of Higher Education, after following the relevant SOPs, are appropriate to conduct classes in physical mode for the new academic year 2021-22 based on the ground reality and availability of infrastructure. May take decision. Covid19 pandemic,” it reads.

This decision will be applicable to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The circular said that all non-vaccinated staff members, who cannot be vaccinated because they were COVID-19 positive, shall prepare an RT-PCR test report every week.

The state’s COVID-19 tally rose by 62 to 1,72,568 on Monday, while five patients succumbed to the infection during the day and 96 were cured, an official said.

He said the toll in the coastal state is 3,176 and the number of recoveries is 1,68,519, with 873 active cases.

He said that with 4,225 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa has gone up to 11,32,949.

Goa’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: positive cases 1,72,568, new cases 62, death toll 3176, discharged 168519, active cases 873, samples tested so far 11,32,949.

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