IIT scientists for school task force
The New Indian Express Chennai|August 01, 2021
Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka CMs urged to plan phased reopening with precautions

SCIENTISTS from IIT Bombay and Delhi, along with about 50 doctors and public health specialists from across the country, have written to three chief ministers, urging them to set up a task force to scientifically plan the reopening of schools in a phase-wise manner.

In a letter to the CMs of Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka, these experts said the closure of schools over the last 16 months has resulted in major learning and development losses for crores of students, despite evidence indicating that reopening may be possible with safeguards in place.

This comes days after top government officials such as ICMr head Balram Bhargava and AIIMS Delhi director Randeep Guleria, both members of the national Covid-19 task force, argued in favour of opening schools in districts with low test positivity rates. Smaller children are less susceptible to severe Covid-19 disease, they had said, citing scientific evidence available so far.

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