Hyderabad: The Telangana government on 25 April declared holidays for all schools and junior colleges from 27 April to 31 May.

The announcement was made by education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy on the directions of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The minister also said that in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19, 5,21,392 students have passed the class X examinations as per the Chief Minister's directions. Similarly, 53,79,388 students from classes I to IX have been promoted to the next class, the minister added.

The state government will decide on 1 June when the schools and junior colleges will reopen following the COVID-19 situation, the minister said, adding 26 April will be the last day of the current academic year

Meanwhile, For the first time, Telangana's single-day COVID tally breached the 8000 marks on Saturday. The state reported the highest single-day spike of 8,126 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The overall tally has touched 3,95,232 in the state. On Thursday, the state had reported 7,432 new cases. The state has 62,929 active cases currently.

The state also reported the highest single-day deaths of 38 people on Saturday taking the overall toll to 1,999. The fatality rate in the state is 0.50 percent which is less than the national average of 1.1 percent.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reported 1259 new cases. Neighboring Rangareddy district reported 591 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri reported 676 new cases.

Other districts of Telangana are also seeing a surge in cases. Nizamabad on Friday reported 497 new cases while Nalgonda reported 346 cases, Khammam reported 339 cases and Warangal Urban reported 334 cases.

Around 3,307 citizens recovered from the infection on Saturday taking total recoveries to 3,30,304 in the state. The recovery rate, as per the government, now stands at 83.57 percent, which is approximately the same as the national average of 83 percent.

The government tested 1,08,602 citizens on Saturday. So far 1,24,93,399 samples have been tested in the state. Samples tested per million population stand at 3,35,663. Reports of 5,429 samples are awaited. The state tested 49.9 percent primary contacts while 12.5 percent secondary contacts.

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