This comes as a large number of new coronavirus cases have been identified in Kerala, a state that served as a model for managing the pandemic.
Following a contact-tracing exercise, 192 Class 10 students from two schools in Kerala’s Malappuram district tested positive for Covid-19 just days after they started attending classes physically under the Covid-19 cloud. Officials also said that up to 72 employees have been diagnosed with the disease.
On February 1, 2021, one of the students tested positive.
“As part of touch tracing and surveillance, other students were screened after one student tested positive. Following that, students and teachers from another school in the area were checked. NDTV quoted District Medical Officer Dr K Sakeena as saying, “This needs to be seen as a timely action to control the outbreak.”
This comes as a high number of new coronavirus cases have been identified in Kerala, a state that was hailed as a model for its response to the pandemic at the outset. In January 2020, Kerala announced India’s first Covid-19 event.
It currently has an overall registry of 9,68,438 cases, which is 6,075 more than a day ago, and 3,867 deaths, which is 19 more than on Sunday.
As testing was ramped up in Kerala, the test positivity rate dropped to 7.18 on February 6 from over ten at the start of the month.
There were 638 students screened in total at the two Malappuram schools recently, with 149 belonging to one and 43 to the other. Similarly, 39 of the staff members tested positive, including teachers, belonged to one school and 33 to another.
The District Collector has called a meeting with all officials today to discuss next steps.
Since last month, students in classes 10 and 12 have been physically attending schools in Kerala, primarily for practical sessions and to clear any remaining doubts in the class. As part of the Covid-19 protocol for schools, they were divided into several shifts with limited numbers.