An H3N2 case slightly rises in country. Puducherry administration has announced the closure of all schools from March 16 to 26 amidst a rise in H3N2 virus cases. The schools for classes 1 to 8 in Puducherry will remain closed for next 10 days starting tomorrow. H3N2 scare in state announced school holiday for 10 days.
The decision was taken following reports of children falling sick owing to the H3N2 subtype of seasonal influenza. H3N2 scare in state announced school holiday for 10 days.The order will be in force for schools in all the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam in the Union Territory in view of prevalence of the viral subtype of influenza, particularly among children.
Speaking in the Assembly during zero hour, Home and Education Minister A Nammasivayam said in view of spread of the influenza particularly among children, the government decided to declare a holiday for all schools including privately-managed institutions and government-aided schools from primary class to Class 8.
The UT health department had stated on March 11 that Puducherry reported 79 virus cases belonging to the viral H3N2 subtype till March 4. Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister C Djeacoumar said the territorial administration has introduced a government order (GO) providing reservation for Most Backward Classes (MBC) candidates in the recruitment to Group B non-gazetted posts in the government departments.
He told the House that a GO in this regard has been issued after a decision was taken by the UT Cabinet. Earlier, all members belonging to opposition DMK and Congress walked out of the House protesting against introduction of prepaid meters for billing power consumption in the Union Territory.
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DMK opposition leader R Siva, who led the walkout of the members, said installing such electricity meters is “anti-people” and caused chaos among power consumers. The DMK leader insisted that the prepaid metering system be dropped.