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The Kerala government on Friday decided to suspend offline classes for students up to standard 9 from 21 January. The decision was taken during a review meeting chaired by state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

"The decision on whether to continue with online form of classes or not will be taken after the second week of February. The school authorities will be given the authority to shut down the classes for two weeks in case the institution becomes a cluster," said the CM's office. 

The government also directed the health and education departments to jointly ensure that students of class 10, 11 and 12 get vaccines in their schools.

Apart from this, the government has decided to provide relief to pregnant government staff and said work from home facilities will be made available for them. 

"All official events of government and public sector undertakings should be held in virtual manner," read a release. 

The evaluation meeting has also decided to restrict the number of persons inside the shops and malls and asked the district authorities to ensure social distancing. 

The state has decided to request those Sabarimala pilgrims who have booked their slots from 16 January to reschedule their visits.

Prior to this, the state government had imposed new curbs and capped the number of people allowed to attend marriages, funerals, political, social and cultural events to 50. 

Further, it said that reunions, ceremonies, and general social, political, cultural and community events should be conducted online, except in urgent situations.

“Precautions, including physical distancing, should be taken when conducting events with physical attendance and if possible, public meetings should be avoided," the state government said. 

This comes as Kerala reported 13,468 new Covid-19 cases and twenty-one deaths during the last 24 hours ending Thursday evening. 

There are 13,468 active cases of Covid-19 in the state.

A total of 96 deaths were added to the covid death list as per the new guidelines of the central government. The total death toll mounted to 50,269.

As many as 3,252 people have recovered from the infection.

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