Shimla: The Jairam Thakur-led Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to keep all the government and private schools affiliated with Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education close from November 1 to November 6 for Diwali festival break.Also Read - India Reports 2 More Omicron Cases, Centre Urges States to Take Steps to Control COVID Spread | Key Points

Earlier this month, the Himachal Pradesh government had allowed the reopening of schools for students of Class 8 from October 11 but in accordance with all coronavirus disease (Covid-19) related protocols. However, the state reported a spike in the covid cases after the reopening of schools. Also Read - Karnataka Imposes Fresh Restrictions Due to Omicron. Areas With 3 COVID Cases to be Declared Cluster Zones | Guidelines Here

According to a Millennium Post report, more than 550 students in the state were tested positive in the past 30 days, besides the death of a girl child in Kangra district after reopening of the schools for class 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. Also Read - Omicron Scare: Mumbai Airport Reduces RT-PCR Test Price to Rs 3,900 | Details Here

“In all 556 students of different government, boarding and residential schools were tested positive for the coronavirus infection from September 27 to October 25,” a senior official of the health department confirmed to Millennium Post.