Hardly 3 weeks after they resumed schools for Classes 9th to 12th, all schools in Haryana have been asked to close again till 30 November, after around 172 students and the same number of teachers across different schools in the state tested positive for COVID-19.
Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal stated: “Around 172 students and an equal number of teachers of various schools in the state have tested positive for COVID-19. So, it has been decided to shut down the schools for the next 15 days. We will be conducting more tests.”
The state’s education department has requested sanitization of all schools which had resumed on 2 November, when cases of COVID-19 in the state had declined.
As per a prior report by news agency PTI, the most number of cases have been reported in Rewari, where 91 students across 13 schools have tested COVID positive, followed by 34 students and two teachers from Jhajjar.
In Jind, about 30 students and 10 teachers have been affected by the infection. The state of the children, who are between Classes 9 and 10, is stable and the greater part of them have been put under home isolation.
The Health Minister said that students have to be screened in all schools.
As indicated by officials, schools in which the cases were detected have been closed for a couple of days following government rules and the health of the students is constantly being monitored.
Furthermore, teachers and students who had come in contact with the infected children are being screened for the infection too.
Anil Vij, the Health Minister of Haryana, has said that health division teams will direct health checkups of students and staff members in all schools, and action will be made against schools not following SOPs.
In Rewari, random samples of around 1,000 students over 12 schools were taken after 19 from 35 students screened for the infection in a government school in the district’s Kund region tested positive for the infection.
While 4,800 random samples were gathered from schools in Jind in the course of the past two weeks, around 1,200 samples of students were gathered in Jhahhar before Diwali.