Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 20
Haryana government has decided to close down all government and private schools on Friday amid a steady spike in coronavirus cases.
As of now, the schools will remain shut till November 30.
Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gurjar said, that keeping in view of the increasing number of COVID cases in schools, the government has decided to close the schools till November 20.
‘Children safety is our priority,’ said the Education Minister, adding that they will ‘review about the continuation of colleges’ also.
On Wednesday, over 150 school students from three districts in Haryana had tested positive for coronavirus, prompting authorities to order closure of the educational institutions for a few days, officials said.
The condition of the children, all students of classes 9 to 12, was stated to be stable and most of them were under home isolation, they said.
While 91 students from 13 schools in Rewari district have tested positive for COVID-19, 30 students and 10 teachers of various schools in Jind district to have contracted the infection.
Thirty-four students and two teachers from Jhajjar district were also found infected with the virus, the officials said.
Health Department officials said the schools where the students tested positive have been shut for a few days as per government guidelines.
The officials said they were keeping a close watch and regularly monitoring the health of the children.
Besides, those who had come into contact with the children and the teachers were also being screened and tested.
State Health Minister Anil Vij, in a statement, said the health department teams will conduct checkups of students and staffers of all schools.
He also said that strict action will be taken against the schools that are found not properly following the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Nineteen of the 35 students of government senior secondary school in Kund village in Rewari district, whose samples were taken a few days ago, had tested positive for the infection, Deputy Commissioner Yashender Singh said on Wednesday.
Later, random sampling was done in 12 other schools of Rewari district and samples of nearly 1,000 students were taken, Singh told PTI over the phone.
“All the children are stable, they are under home isolation. Medical teams are at the job and regularly monitoring their health. The students are of classes 9 to 12,” he said.
Jind district’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Manjeet Singh said nearly 4,800 random sampling was done in the schools during the past about two weeks.
“So far, 30 students and 10 teachers have tested positive. Though they are doing fine, the health department teams are keeping a close watch and regularly monitoring their condition,” he said.
Jhajjar district’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Sanjay said 34 students and two teachers have tested positive for the virus.
“We had randomly collected 1,200 samples before Diwali and 34 students and two teachers were found COVID-19 positive,” he said. — With PTI