After 20 students tested positive for coronavirus, the city of Surat ordered the closure of two primary schools and a college. In the city, a total of 118 students and teachers have tested positive
Officials in Surat, Gujarat, said two primary schools and a college have been closed for two weeks after 20 students tested positive for coronavirus. They said that after the educational institutions in Surat reopened in February 2021 after being closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak last year, 118 students and teachers have tested positive for the virus.
According to a civic official, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) agreed on Saturday to close the C D Barfiwala College for 14 days after 10 students there tested positive for the coronavirus. In addition, six students from one primary school and four students from another school tested positive for the infection on Saturday, prompting both educational institutions to close for 14 days, he said. According to Deputy Commissioner (Health) Dr Ashish Naik, 118 students and teachers have tested positive for the coronavirus in various educational institutions across the region.
“Instead of sealing individual classes where positive cases were found, we have now agreed to close an institution if it registers more than five cases,” he said. In light of the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in educational institutions, the SMC has also recommended that school and college administrators hold online classes and keep their campuses closed as much as possible. Surat announced 188 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 42,259. According to official estimates, 40,503 patients have recovered from the viral infection. Due to an increase in the infection, officials from Surat’s municipal health department conducted 3,699 tests in 49 colleges and schools on Saturday. Officials discovered more than 30 positive cases during the drive, including three teachers, a clerk, and 27 students. All affected individuals have been put under home quarantine, with the institute’s classrooms and staffrooms closed for 14 days to disinfect.
According to health department sources, a total of 13,705 people were vaccinated on Saturday, with 524 health workers receiving the first dose and 637 receiving the second dose. Similarly, the first dose was given to 97 frontline staff and the second dose to 1,923 others. At least 8,345 people over the age of 60 were vaccinated, as well as 2,179 people over the age of 45 who had comorbid conditions.