New Delhi, October 06:

The ministry of education on Monday released SOPs for reopening schools from October 15. According to the guidelines, students can come to schools on a voluntary basis and only after written consent from parents. Also, states can decided whether they want to open schools and colleges from the said date or not.

Globally, Nepal on Monday recorded 19 deaths due to Covid-19, the country’s highest single-day death toll, its health ministry said. In New Zealand, prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced easing of restrictions in the largest city of Auckland, after no new cases were registered in 12 days. The United States, India and Brazil–in that order—continue to be the three worst-hit countries, followed by Russia and Colombia, as per worldometers.