Amid alarming COVID surge, SC pauses Kerala's Class 11 offline exams
The apex court ordered that the exams be paused for a week now.
"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 observed.
Justice Roy even highlighted that despite Kerala having one of the best medical infrastructures, it could not 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 exams for Class 11 were scheduled to commence from September 6.
The court made the order while hearing a petition that challenged the decision of the Kerala High Court to not interfere with the state government's proposal to hold offline exams.
In a worrisome situation Kerala recorded more than 32,000 new cases in the previous 24 hours. Almost 70 percent of the country's total cases have been registered from Kerala, making it the current epicentre of the pandemic.
Earlier this week the Union Health Ministry warned the state that it needed to step up efforts to curb these increasing numbers, and had called for a "smart and strategic lockdown".