Covid-19: 45 more students test +ve in schools in Jalandhar district

Education Secretary Krishan Kumar to take final call on closure of institutes, says DC

Covid-19: 45 more students test +ve in schools in Jalandhar district

Forty-five more students tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, taking the total number of infected students to 181 in the last three days. - File photo

Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 6

Forty-five more students tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, taking the total number of infected students to 181 in the last three days. Majority of them were from Government Girls School, Phillaur. On Saturday, 22 more children tested positive at Government School, Philaur. With this, the total number of positive students increased to 82 till date.

At least 86 students from government and private schools tested positive on Friday and 50 more students tested positive today. These 50 are part of the 177 new cases which have been reported in the district today, taking the district’s total tally to 22,256. Closure of eight district schools has been ordered by the DEO for the coming 48 hours. While new cases from government schools at Phillaur, Bhogpur, Abadpura, Lamma Pind and the meritorious school were reported on Friday. New cases were primarily reported from government schools— Phillaur (22), Bhargo Camp (4), Abadpura (1), Basti Sheikh (4), Floret School (5), Kot Badal Khan (3) and Tajpur (6).

Sources said all these were reports of students who had already been tested few days ago. More reports might come in the coming days.

With no let-up in the cases being reported in Jalandhar, the district administration has imposed night curfew from Saturday. The night curfew has also been imposed at Kapurthala to check the constant rise in Covid cases. The curfew in both the districts will be in place from 11 pm to 5 am.

The district reported 178 new positive cases on Saturday, of which 45 are students. The district reported three more Covid-19 fatalities on Saturday, taking the death toll to 722.

On Thursday, schools at Lamma Pind, Bhogpur, Basti Sheikh, Meritorious School, Government School PAP, Kanha Dhesian, Phillaur, and Deep Nagar reported positive cases. Government Girls School, Phillaur, which saw 37 students positive on Wednesday, saw 23 positive cases on Thursday and 22 again on Saturday. At the St. Josephs School, Deep Nagar, 10 teachers tested positive on Friday.

Amidst growing chorus that schools should be closed for 15 days as children might be susceptible to infections once they join back again after 24 hours, DC Ghanshyam Thori said, “We had a video-conferencing with the Education Secretary on the issue today. All DCs have briefed him about Covid cases in schools. Final call will be taken by the Education Department on schools.”

1 succumbs, 119 new cases in Hoshiarpur

With as many as 119 new positive patients reported in Hoshiarpur district, the total number of positive patients has increased to 9,036 while the number of deaths due to one more death reported today has risen to 380.

Today, 2,771 new samples from the people with suspicious flu-like symptoms were taken.

Civil Surgeon Dr Tajit Singh said that the number of active cases in the district is 601 while the number of patients who have recovered is 8,339. Out of today’s119 new patients, Hoshiarpur city has 7 positive patients and the remaining 112 patients are from various health blocks of the district.

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