COVID-19: Five schools closed after 18 students, teacher test positive in Kulgam
5 educational institutions also closed for violating SOPs: CEO Kulgam
Srinagar: Authorities in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district have ordered closure of five schools after 18 students and a teacher tested positive for the novel coronavirus. A girls higher secondary school was also closed in Sopore after three teachers tested positive for Covid-19.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kulgam, Mohammad Ashraf Rather said that 18 students and a teacher tested positive for COVID-19 in five different educational institutions following which it was decided to close down the institutions for three days.
The positive cases include 10 students from Government High School Sopat, four students from Middle School Bonigam, two students and a teacher from Middle School Devsar, two from Government Higher Secondary Katrasoo and a student from Government Middle School Sopat.
The schools shall reopen only after getting clearance from CMO Kulgam, he said, adding that the sampling of students and staffers will be taken again before opening schools.
Giving further details, CEO said that three private educational institutions and two coaching centers were also closed for not following COVID-19 SOPs.
Meanwhile, three teachers have tested positive for COVID-19 in north Kashmir’s Sopore on Saturday.
An official said that three teachers have tested positive for covid-19 at Girls Higher Secondary School Sopore on Saturday.
While confirming the development, Additional Deputy Commissioner Sopore Parvaiz Sajad Ganai said that we are mulling to shut down the institution for some days as a precautionary measure.
He said deputy commissioner Baramulla has also been informed about the issue.
Authorities on Friday announced the closure of three educational institutions in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district for the period of three days as a precautionary measure in the wake of the Covid-19 positive contacts.
Pertinently, amid rising number of covid-19 cases lately, the government on Friday said that deputy Commissioners (DMs) shall take call on keeping open or closing the schools in respective districts in Jammu and Kashmir.