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In the wake of the spurt in COVID-19 cases, the Manipur government has ordered the indefinite closure of schools for classes VI to VIII with immediate effect.

However, the order issued by the Manipur School Education Department allowed online classes to continue.

According to the order, the decision to close down all government and private schools for classes VI to VIII was taken in view of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and to avoid any unwanted consequences likely to occur in the near future, particularly with regard to students.

Schools for classes VI to VIII will remain closed till further notice, the order added. However, classes IX to XII will continue in the offline mode by strictly observing the approved SOPs and guidelines framed by the State Government.

Students of Class V and below will continue to learn through the online mode as notified earlier, the order said.

Schools in the State were reopened for classes VI to VIII on March 8 last after remaining closed for almost 11 months.

The Manipur government decided to reopen the schools in the backdrop of the declining trend of daily COVID-19 caseload in Manipur since November last year.

Manipur has been witnessing a gradual increase in the daily caseload during the last few weeks, with the figures touching two digits in the last three days.

The state recorded 12 fresh cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours, of which two are air passengers.

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