14 teachers, 7 students test positive for Covid in Patiala

Health Dept orders closure of four schools for the next 48 hours

14 teachers, 7 students test positive for Covid in Patiala

Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 6

Covid continues to haunt government and private schools in the district. Fourteen teachers and seven students tested Covid positive today afternoon. Meanwhile, virus test results of hundreds of other students and teachers are awaited.

The schools where positive cases were reported, include Government High School, Bhanra, Government Meritorious School, Government High School, Drauli, Government Primary High School, Saidkheri, and Government FM School.

Besides, positive cases were also reported from two private schools, including Mukat Public School, Rajpura, and Buddha Dal Public School, Samana.

In the wake of the positive cases, the Health Department has ordered closure of four schools for the next 48 hours. Notably, Government High School in the factory area had reported 12 positive cases yesterday. Officials of the Health Department said they had already ramped up testing and started contact tracing of positive patients.

The Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Satinder Singh, said he had directed the District Education Officer to motivate teachers to go for vaccination in wake of the rising Covid cases in schools.

"We have already started contact tracing of positive school staff to limit the spread of the virus further," he added.

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