50 Haryana students test positive for COVID-19


Around 50 students of various senior secondary schools in Rewari and Jhajjar districts of Haryana have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past fortnight.

Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal told The Hindu that many students had tested positive in schools across the State during routine health check-ups but there was no proposal to withdraw or amend the order for holding classes. He said the department was monitoring the situation. It is estimated that around 100 students have tested positive in Rewari and Jhajjar since schools opened in September.

The Rewari district education department has shut two government schools for 15 days after 25 students were found infected.

Six students in Pali and 19 students in Kund tested positive during medical examination of employees and students at a camp organised recently by the district health department.

โ€œSamples of 46 students in Kund and 32 in Pali were taken. The results came back on Tuesday. Usually, we shut the school for 48 hours in the event of any positive COVID-19 case, but this time the two schools have been shut for 15 days. The principals and headmasters of all schools have been directed to get their premises sanitised,โ€ District Education Officer (Rewari) Rajesh Kumar said, adding that the 25 students were asymptomatic.

Random Sampling

Similarly, around 25 students across a dozen government senior secondary schools in Jhajjar tested positive for COVID-19 this month. The samples were taken randomly from among 1,000 students. โ€œA total of 34 students have tested positive for COVID-19 in government schools since September,โ€ said District Education Officer (Jhajjar) Brahmprakash Rana.

The Haryana government had allowed all schools to hold guidance sessions for Class IX-XII students in the last week of September. The students were allowed to attend school only with the written consent of their parents. In October last week, the education department directed holding of regular classes for three hours daily.

Rewari has 150 senior and higher secondary schools with a daily attendance of around 3,000-4,000, Mr. Kumar said. A couple of students in each school were found infected during earlier health check-ups, he said.

Education departments of both districts have asked health authorities to hold special camps in all government schools to take samples of the employees, students and parents.

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