More than 150 Haryana government school students have tested positive for Covid-19 in Jhajjar, Jind and Rewari districts since the educational institutions reopened after eight months for Classes 9 to 12 on November 2.
Seventy-eight students of government schools were found infected in Rewari, at least 30 in Jind and 34 in Jhajjar.
Rewari district education officer (DEO) Rajesh Kumar said of the 78 cases reported since the reopening, 25 students tested positive in the past two days.
“We have sealed the Government Senior Secondary School at Kund village for two weeks after 19 students tested positive for Covid-19. According to norms, a school is closed for 48 hours for sanitisation if one positive case is detected. The school is closed for two weeks if the contacts of the students are found positive,” he said.
Dr Gopal, deputy civil surgeon Jind, said as many as 49 people, including 10 teachers and over 30 students, have been found infected so far in the district.
“ We have been asking the school management to follow safety guidelines and inform us if any of their student and staff experience any symptom of the disease. It is not advisable to shut down the schools as the students have suffered a lot. If the school will follow safety guidelines, the students will able to continue their studies,” he added.
Dr Sunil Lakhra, the district medical officer at Jhajjar, said samples of 1,197 students from 12 government schools have been collected in the past two weeks. Of them, 34 tested positive.
“Most students found positive are asymptomatic. We have sanitised their schools,” he said.
Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “It is a sign of worry that a total of 149 students and 12 teachers have tested positive for the virus.”