Two schools in AP’s Vizianagaram shut after 27 students tested Covid positive

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Vizianagaram District Collector M Hari Jawaharlal told the school managements not to open the institutions from Monday without permission from the District Education Officer.

Two government schools in Vizianagaram district in Andhra Pradesh have been closed for a week after 27 students in the schools tested positive for Covid-19.

The students of classes 9 and 10 in Zilla Parishad High School in Gantyada mandal and ZPHS in Dattirajeru mandal have been attending school for the last two weeks after schools were partially reopened as per Unlock 4 guidelines.

According to Gantyada Mandal Education Officer (MEO) Vijayalakshmi, the students from the Gantyada School are asymptomatic. The tests were conducted as part of routine checks across the district, she said.

The tests were conducted on September 30. Out of 73 students tested, and 9 boys and 9 girls were found Covid positive when the results came on Saturday, October 3. In the other school in Datti village, one student from class 10 and 8 students from class 9 tested positive. All of these students have been sent to a quarantine centre, he said.

Parents of the affected students will also now be tested, according to reports. Vizianagaram District Collector M Hari Jawaharlal told Times of India that the tests were conducted as there were a few active COVID-19 clusters in the Gantyada region.

Vizianagaram District Collector M Hari Jawaharlal told the school managements not to open the institutions from Monday without permission from the District Education Officer.

Indian Express quoted DM&HO Ramana Kumari as saying that they have started identifying primary and secondary contacts of the students who tested positive. These students hail from different villages. “Luckily, they are asymptomatic,” she said, adding that a mega medical camp will be held in the villages on Sunday, and the fever survey in the mandal will be intensified.

School education commissioner V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said, “It does not mean the students contracted the virus at school. They are tested when they come to school for the first time. They must have contracted the virus elsewhere.”

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