Tribune News Service
Patiala, February 22
As many as eight school teachers of two government schools tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday.
The Health Department has now ordered to shut both schools for the next 48 hours.
Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Satinder Singh said four staff members each at Government Senior Secondary School, Bhunerheri, and Government School, Mahinder Ganj in Rajpura, had tested positive for COVID-19.
Health officials informed that there was a surge in the coronavirus cases among the school staff and children in the month of February.
Officials also expressed the concern that there positive COVID-19 cases were increasing by the day in government schools.
As per the health department, a total of 46 staff members and two school children contracted the virus in February. Notably, last week, seven school staff members of a government school in Sanour block had also tested positive for coronavirus.
District Education Officer Harinder Kaur said they had asked the staff at schools to sanitise the school regularly. She said: “We have asked the school staff of both schools to stop holding the ongoing examinations physically and conduct the same online.”
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