36 students, 60-yr-old parent test positive for Covid-19 in private school at Kulgam
Kulgam, Mar 31: At least 36 students and a 60-year-old male, who is a parent of one among the students, were tested COVID-19 positive at Noorani Public School in Khull area of Damhal Hanjipora in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, officials said on Tuesday.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) DH Pora Dr. Shugufta Salam said that “37 COVID-19 positive cases have been detected from this school including primary contact of student in mass/random sampling, testing for all the contacts will be undertaken in due course of time.”
She said 390 were tested while 37 among them were declared as positive for COVID-19.
She said that all the primary and secondary contacts of the affected students have been advised to self-isolate, quarantine themselves
Meanwhile, Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kulgam, Mohammed Ashraf Rather said that school will remain closed for week due to surge in COVID-19 positive cases.
Elsewhere, at least two staff members of Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Kothibagh Srinagar tested positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday that prompted authorities to close the establishment for five days.
In this regard, officials of the School Education Department said that it has decided to close the institution till Saturday.
The officials said that the school will resume the academics from Monday.
Earlier some staff and students at several other schools in Jammu and Kashmir also tested positive for the virus previously following the reopening of schools here.
In the past one week nearly a dozen students and staff members of various government schools were tested positive for Coronavirus in Budgam district.
On March-23, in this regard, a communiqué was issued by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) wherein the authorities have stated that a mass sampling at government Higher Secondary School Hardpanzoo Budgam was conducted wherein at least nine students of the school were tested positive for COVID-19—(KNO)