‘Once India starts considering…’: ICMR chief says ‘wise’ to reopen primary schools first

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Dr Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR, said that this is because children can handle viral infections ‘much better than adults.’

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) DG Dr Balram Bhargava on Tuesday backed reopening of schools whenever it is possible to do so, adding that several Scandinavian countries did not close their schools during any of the waves of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Once India starts considering, it’ll be wise to open primary schools first before opening secondary schools All the support staff, whether it be school bus drivers, teachers and other staff members in the schools need to need to be vaccinated,” Dr Bhargava said at a press conference, according to news agency ANI.

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