As Kashmir admin imposes lockdown; Maharashtra reopens schools, Karnataka lifts curbs

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The governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka have lifted restrictions imposed in the wake of Covid pandemic, even as the administration in Kashmir has announced two and a half day lockdown in the valley.

Earlier this week UK also announced the lifting of all restrictions including those of wearing masks.

In Maharashtra, schools are set to reopen, while in southern state of Karnataka the government has done away with all the restrictions.

The schools in Maharashtra will reopen for classes 1- 12 from Monday (January 24) next week. The schools will have to maintain the mandatory Covid protocols. “From 24 (January) we will be reopening schools for classes 1-12th with COVID protocols,” Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra School Education Minister was quoted as saying by NDTV.

The state government had earlier announced the closure of schools in the state till February 15 amid the emergence of the new Omicron variant and surge in Covid cases.

Meanwhile, Karnataka government on Friday decided to lift the weekend curfew across the state after holding a two hours long meeting with TAC members, senior officials chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. However, the night curfew in the state will remain. This comes as Karnataka registered a steep spike in Covid-19 cases on Thursday.

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