17 Arki school kids Covid +ve, two hostels made containment zones

Tribune News Service

Solan, December 14

Two hostels of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Bania Devi village, near Kunihar, in Arki subdivision were declared micro-containment zones today after 17 students tested positive for Covid-19.

Yesterday, 15 students had tested positive while earlier three students were found to be infected with the virus in the RT-PCR tests conducted by the health staff after they were not allowed to attend the school.

Arki SDM Shazad Alam said that the junior hostel and the Neelgiri hostel of the school had been declared micro-containment zones where boys and girls, who had tested Covid positive, could be quarantined separately.

"As the authorities had called students of only Class VIII to XII after schools reopened, there was adequate space to maintain social distancing and attend to their requirements," he said.

He added that the Chief Medical Officer and block medical officers would conduct regular testing of the remaining students to prevent the further spread of the virus. Students exhibiting flu-like symptoms would be specially monitored.

Medical officers are undertaking RT-PCR tests of some students, besides RAT tests for genome sequencing to ascertain the prevailing Covid strain.

Shimla: Meanwhile, 41 cases were reported in the state on Tuesday, taking the tally to 228,007. Besides, two persons died of the virus in Shimla district.

The highest number of 21 cases was recorded in Solan, followed by seven in Kangra, six in Hamirpur, three each in Mandi and Una, and one in Kullu. The number of active cases declined to 520 while the total deaths rose to 3,845.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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