- AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria advocates for reopening of schools
- Guleria said that opening of schools should be considered in a phased manner
- AIIMS director said that in areas where infection is less, it can start from there.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Friday that schools can be reopened in areas where the Covid positivity rate is low. He suggested that schools can be opened in a phased manner with proper monitoring of low infection areas.
Dr Guleria said, ‘I think we have to strike a balance. Children have not gone to school for a long time and there are many children who do not have access to computers so they are not getting quality education. So opening of schools is very important. It is necessary not only from the point of view of education but also from the point of view of socialization of a child. There children also learn social activities, how to behave with peers. Schools play a big role which cannot be compensated by online classes.
AIIMS Director said, ‘Right now we are in such a situation that the cases of corona infection are very less in some parts of the country, the positivity rate and the cases of hospitalization are very less.’
Talking about opening of schools in a phased manner, Dr Guleria said, ‘We should start thinking of opening schools in a phased manner. Those areas where the infection rate is low, it can be started from there.
Dr Randeep Guleria said, ‘We can do this in an alternate way so that the crowd is less. We can monitor, children can be monitored. If they have any symptoms, they can stay home. If the positivity rate remains low, schools can be continued and if it rises, schools can be closed.
On the Delta variant of Corona, Guleria said, ‘As far as Delta Plus is concerned, we need more data. The Delta Plus is derived from the Delta variant, so it is not a completely different variant. Based on the data available at the moment, it cannot be said that it is even more contagious. Wherever the cases of Delta Plus are coming up, the cases are not increasing immediately. The data is also not indicating that cases of hospitalization are increasing due to this. I don’t think it is more dangerous but we need to keep an eye on it.
AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria