At least 53 students and four faculty members of different schools in Kashmir tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, prompting the authorities to temporarily close seven schools across the region.
Among the 51 students, who tested positive for the virus, are 14 students from a Government High School in Srigufwara of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The Zonal Education Officer of the area Abdul Rashid said that the administration has decided to keep school closed for one week.
36 students of Noorani Public School in Damhal-Hanjipora of Kulgam district and one student of Government Higher Secondary School Kaloosa in Bandipora too tested positive.
Block Medical Officer DH Pora Dr Shugufta Salam said that at least 37 Covid-19 positive cases have been detected from this school including primary contact of students in mass and random sampling. “Testing for all the contacts will be undertaken in due course of time.”
She said tests were conducted for 390 individuals out of which 37 were tested positive for Covid-19.
Chief Education Officer in Kulgam, Mohammed Ashraf Rather said that the school will remain closed for at least a week.
Similarly, authorities in Bandipora district also ordered closure of government Higher Secondary School in Kaloosa after a teacher and a student tested positive for the deadly infection.
The officials of the district said that a teacher and the student of 11th standard were tested positive for Covid-19 at government higher secondary after the health department had collected samples of some teachers and students a few days ago.
The official said that the school would remain closed for the next three days as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, three teachers and a class IV employee of the School Education Department also tested positive for coronavirus.
Authorities in central Kashmir’s Budgam district ordered closure of three educational establishments for at least 5 days following the outbreak of Covid-19 among teachers and two students.
“Testing for all the contacts will be undertaken in due course of time,” a health official said.
He also said that the schools that were closed on Wednesday include Government High School in Sogam, Government High School in Badipora and Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Budgam.
The officials at the School Education Department also said that at least two staff members of Government Higher Secondary School in Srinagar’s Kothibagh tested positive for coronavirus.
The School Education Department said that it has decided to close the institution till Saturday and the classes will resume from Monday.
Earlier, some staff and students of several other schools in Jammu and Kashmir also tested positive for the virus following the reopening of schools.