Aurangabad, November 21: Schools in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city will remain closed till 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 will be open only for teachers.

"Over 800 schools and junior colleges in rural parts of the district will reopen from November 23, as there are problems in conducting online classes in these areas and the spread of coronavirus is also less in these parts," the collector said. Also Read | UP Govt Has Effectively Checked Cow Slaughter and Cattle Smuggling to Other States, Says CM Yogi Adityanath.

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

Municipal commissioner Astik Kumar Pande said schools in Aurangabad city will remain closed for students till January 3, while teachers will have access to the premises. Schools in Pune to Remain Closed and Will Not Reopen From November 23, Says City Mayor Murlidhar Mohol.

Meanwhile, schools and junior colleges will reopen in Osmanabad from November 23, district collector Kaustubh Divegaonkar stated in a release.  However, residential schools will remain closed in the district, he said, adding that if such institutions wish to operate, they will have to keep their hostels shut.

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