Vizianagaram: 27 school students test COVID-19 positive.
According to the Health Department report, at least 27 students of classes 9 and 10 in two schools have tested positive for coronavirus in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.
The government announced that the schools will be reopen only on November 2, but now the students were reportedly attending classes informally with parents’ consent.
As per the guidelines issued by the central government last week, India’s economy allow states and Union Territories to reopen schools from October 15.
In addition to this, state education department officials have said that it is possible that the children contracted the virus elsewhere. However, district collector M Hari Jawaharlal has now instructed the schools to not reopen on Monday without permission.
The students were all said to be asymptomatic and come from different villages. The administration has now intensified health check-ups in the area.
While briefing to the media, G Vijaya Lakshmi, a local Education Officer, said 108 people, including students and teachers, were tested for the virus form one village alone. “Of them, 18 students, including nine boys and nine girls, tested positive. We have been following all precautions.”
Nine students tested positive in another school, of which six have been provided institutional care.