A fresh surge of 13,500 Covid cases the highest single-day spike so far since the pandemic started. Delhi’s caseload to 7,36,788 total infections.
Chief Minister- Arvind Kejriwal said today he urged the central government to cancel the CBSE board exams. This is the third consecutive day that the national capital witnessed a huge number of cases in a single day rise.
“I urge all of you to step out of homes only if absolutely necessary,” he added, urging all those above 45 years of age to get vaccinated.
On CBSE board exams, the Chief Minister made an appeal to the center. “Six lakh students in the city will appear for board exams. 1 lakh teachers will be on duty. Conducting board exams can lead to the large-scale spread of coronavirus as these exam center can turn out to be hotspots.
He added alternative methods of assessment can be explored. Students can be promoted on basis of either online exams or internal assessment. The board exams should be canceled,” he said.
The alarming surge in cases across the country has lead to demand by political parties including Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi and parent’s bodies to cancel the board exams. On 09/04/21 Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also wrote to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to re-think holding the exams.
India recorded 1.61 lakh cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 1.36 crore cases. On Monday, the country recorded 1.68 lakh Covid cases in a day – the biggest-ever surge in a day.