New Delhi: In wake of deadly coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak, the BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government has ordered holidays for children in lower and upper kindergarten classes till further orders in Bengaluru. Also Read - 2 Suspected Coronavirus Cases in J&K; Primary Schools, Biometric Attendance to Remain Suspended Till March 31

In a letter to the principal secretary in the health and family welfare department SR Umashankar, Karnataka Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey asked him to close pre-KG, LKG and UKG classes in the city with immediate effect, till further orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Fears, Few Delhi Schools to Use Robot Pepe To Teach Kids About Handwashing

“Further to the advice received from the Health Commissioner, holidays have been declared for Lower and upper kindergarten classes in Bengaluru North, South & Rural districts”, S Suresh Kumar, Karnataka Minister for Primary and Secondary Education tweeted.

All primary schools in Delhi will also remain shut till March 31. Taking to Twitter, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio had said,”As a precautionary measure to prevent the possibility of spread of COVID-19 amongst our children, Delhi Government has directed immediate closure of all primary schools (Govt/ aided/ private/MCD/NDMC) till 31/3/20(sic).”

A few schools in Kashmir will also remain closed till March 31 in view of n-CoV. Besides, all biometric attendance in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir has also been suspended.