Hyderabad: Telangana Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy, on Tuesday announced that all educational institutions ( residential as well) except for medical colleges in the state will be remain closed temporarily from March 24, 2021 on wards. But, educational institutes will continue with online classes. "This decision was taken in view of the spread of Covid and at the request of parents," The minister said.

The decision was taken after the state saw a spurt in COVID19 cases across various educational institutes. The residential schools in the district of Medchal Malkjigiri, Kamareddy, Nirmal and Mancherial had reported a number of new COVID cases.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported 414 new COVID cases on Monday taking the overall tally to 3,03,867 in the state. The last time the state reported more than 400 cases were on January 6 when the state reported 417 cases.

The state reported three new deaths on March 23 taking the total death toll to 1,674. The fatality rate in the state is 0.55 percent which is less than the national average of 1.4 percent.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area on Monday reported 103 new cases. The neighboring Rangareddy district reported 27 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 31 and Sangareddy 8 new cases.

Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a surge in cases. Nirmal on Monday reported 32 new cases while Nizamabad reported 18 new cases and Warangal Urban 12 cases.

The government tested 68,171 citizens on Monday. This is the first time the state has tested more than 65,000 citizens in a single day. So far 97,18,833 samples have been tested in the state. Samples tested per million population stand at 2,61,118. Reports of 805 samples are awaited. The state tested 29,995 (44%) primary contacts while 8,180 (12%) secondary contacts.

Also, the Union ministry of Home Affairs on 23 March said that there will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods, including cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission, approval, or e-permit will be required for such movements, it said.

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