Schools in the city of Aurangabad will remain closed until January 3

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Schools in the city of Aurangabad, Maharashtra, will remain closed until January 3, while those in rural areas of the district will reopen on November 23, a senior official said on Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference here, district collector Sunil Chavan said schools in Aurangabad city would only be open to teachers.

“More than 800 schools and colleges in the rural areas of the district will reopen from November 23, as there are problems to organize online classes in these areas and the spread of the coronavirus is also less in these areas,” said the collector.

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More than 11,000 teachers and non-teaching staff have been tested for COVID-19 in the district and the majority of them who tested positive for the infection were from city limits, the official said.

City commissioner Astik Kumar Pande said schools in the city of Aurangabad will remain closed for students until January 3, while teachers will have access to the premises.

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Meanwhile, schools and colleges will reopen in Osmanabad from November 23, district collector Kaustubh Divegaonkar said in a statement.

However, residential schools will remain closed in the district, he said, adding that if such institutions wish to function, they will have to keep their hostels closed.

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