New Delhi: Despite a dip in the number of coronavirus cases, the Tamil Nadu government is reportedly planning to defer its decision on reopening of schools. This comes after more than 150 people at IIT Madras tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier, schools were supposed to reopen in January. Also Read - Elephant Dies After Being Set on Fire by Tamil Nadu Resort Workers, Horrific Act Caught on Camera

Speaking to a local daily, a senior official from the School Education Department said that the Palaniswami-led government was planning to reopen schools, especially for board exam students in January, after Pongal. Also Read - Sasikala Tests Positive For Coronavirus in Second RT-PCR Test, Shifted to Intensive Care

“However, looking at IIT-Madras and Anna University virus spread, besides test results of other higher education institutions which are expected soon, authorities are considering postponing opening of schools till normalcy is restored,” he told DTNext. Also Read - Kamala Harris's Ancestral Villages Gets into Festive Mood Ahead of Her Swearing-In As US Vice President

The Tamil Nadu Government had launched classes through its education Television channel, following the extended lockdown while several private and aided schools switched to online mode of teaching. Notably, schools and colleges across India have been shut since March 25 when the lockdown was announced to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Earier on Friday, Tamil Nadu recorded 1,134 new cases of coronavirus and 12 related deaths, taking the overall tally to 8.04 lakh and total fatalities to 11,954.

Recoveries outnumbered new infections, with 1,170 being cured of the virus. With the new infections, the total number of positive cases stood at 8,04,650, while 7,82,915 people have been cured of the infection. The positivity rate in the state was below two percent.

Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said the positivity rate in the state dipped below two percent while Chennai was reporting less than 3.5 percent, but warned against lowering the guard.

“People should not remain lax,” he said, adding, even when the vaccine would be made available, inoculation will not be made across all sections of population instantly and the early preference would be for frontline health workers, police personnel and others on covid mitigation activities.