Kerala on Thursday reported 32,097 fresh COVID-19 cases and 188 deaths. The total infection count is now 41,22,133, and the fatalities to 21,149.
The court ordered the exams be paused for a week, saying: “Children of tender age can’t be exposed to the risk (of contracting the virus)”.
“There is an alarming situation in Kerala. It accounts for more than 70 per cent of cases in the country, with around 35,000 daily cases. Children of tender age can’t be exposed to this risk,” a bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice CT Ravikumar said.
Justice Roy underlined the seriousness of the issue by pointing out Kerala “has one of the best medical infrastructures… but has not been able to contain Covid cases”.
“I have been Chief Justice of Kerala and I can say Kerala has one of the best medical infrastructures in the country. Despite that, Kerala has not been able to contain Covid cases,” he said.
Offline Class 11 exams were scheduled to begin from September 6.
The court was responding to a petition that challenged the decision of the Kerala High Court to not interfere with the state government’s proposal to hold offline exams.