84 Uttarakhand Schools Shut After 80 Teachers Test COVID Positive

The student’s aunt and uncle had previously test positive. Then he did too.

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At least 84 schools in five blocks of Pauri District of Garhwal Division in Uttarakhand were closed for five days, after 80 teachers test positive for COVID-19, reported ANI.

"District Magistrates of all 13 districts directed to conduct COVID-19 tests of on-duty school teachers," State Health Secretary Amit Negi told the news agency.

The state government reopened schools for those in classes 10 and 12.

According to The Indian Express, a class 12 student in the region has also tested positive, and the school has been closed again for three days as a precautionary measure.

HB Chand, Chief Education Officer, Almora, reportedly said:

“The student was asymptomatic and his temperature was normal at the entrance of the school. Later, his family informed the school authorities that his uncle and aunt tested positive. Subsequently, the student also tested positive.”

Chand also told The Indian Express that directions have been issued for the other students in his classroom tested as well. According to IE, there were 15 of them.

(With inputs from The Indian Express.)

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