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The central government confirmed reports of schools staying closed till December 2020.

The claim that schools in India would be closed until December 2020 is baseless, as schools are to be functional from September 21 with restrictions.

The Educational institutions have been closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak from March 2020. Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal had said that all schools and colleges would re-open after August 2020. The Ministry of Home Affairs, in its Unlock 3.0 guidelines, had said that schools and colleges would remain closed till August 31, 2020. The Unlock 4.0 guidelines released on August 29 state that schools in states and union territories may function only in places outside containment zones with 50 percent of teaching and non-teaching staff. A Standard Operating Procedure would be provided by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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