Nearly 25 Students tested positive in ladakh, schools shut

Nearly 25 Students tested positive in ladakh, schools shut

Nearly 25 Students tested positive in ladakh, schools shut

16 from JNV Kupwara found infected

JAMMU/SRINAGAR/ LEH, Nov 13 : Twenty five more students of a private school in Leh today tested positive for COVID-19 taking total number of positives in the same school to 45 and prompting the district Leh administration to shut all schools in the district for an indefinite period from November 15 excepting Board examinations.

In Jammu and Kashmir, 181 persons today tested positive for the virus—155 in Kashmir and 26 in Jammu.

A total of 37 COVID positive cases were reported in Leh district in the Union Territory of Ladakh today while no fresh cases were recorded in Kargil.

Among 37 positives, 25 were students of The Tibetans SOS Children’s Village School at Choglamsar Leh, who were putting up in the school hostel. On November 7, 20 students of the same school had tested positive for the viral infection.

In early September, 56 students and staff members of Druk Padma Karpo School Leh, popularly known as Rancho School, had tested positive for Coronavirus.

Soon after more students tested positive for COVID-19, District Magistrate Leh Shrikant Balasaheb Suse ordered closure of all Government and private schools including residential hostels/school in Leh district from November 15 till further orders except for conduct of the Board examinations.

“ The Board examinations for Class 10th, 11th and 12th shall be conducted as per date sheets issued by the J&K Board of School Education, Sub Office Leh with strict observance of COVID-19 Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs)/guidelines,” the DC Leh order said.

He asked the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Leh to immediately carry out mandatory COVID sampling of all students of Class 9 residing in residential hostels/schools before their departure to houses. Likewise, sampling of the students of 10th, 11th and 12th classes residing in residential hostels/schools shall be carried out immediately after the conclusion of their Board examinations, he said.

The DC Leh said Online classes shall be encouraged with all COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

With 37 positive cases today, Ladakh now has 158 active positive cases including 154 in Leh and four in Kargil district.

Meanwhile, among 26 COVID positive cases in Jammu region, 16 were reported in Jammu district followed by three each in Udhampur and Doda, two in Reasi and one each in Samba and Poonch districts. Rest of the districts in the region didn’t report any fresh positives.

Fifteen persons recovered from the virus leaving number of active positive cases in Jammu region to 202.

Meanwhile, students were among 155 persons who tested positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir today.

Sixteen students of JNV Puthsai Lolab in district Kupwara tested positive for COVID-19 today following which they were isolated and necessary precautionary measures are being taken to stop the further spread of the virus, besides ensuring that it doesn’t go to the nearby communities.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Kupwara, Dr. Mehraj Sofi said that their history is not known yet while more samples have been collected from the school.

The infected students have been immediately isolated within the school premises to ensure there is no community spread.

“ All the positive patients have been put under isolation for a period of up to 10 days while mass testing will be done at the JNV, which will include both students and staff members,” an official said.

Those who tested positive include 44 from Srinagar, 43 from Baramulla, 23 from Budgam, 2 from Pulwama, 17 from Kupwara, 6 from Anantnag, 6 from Bandipora, 11 from Ganderbal and 3 from Kulgam.

With the fresh cases, the number of positive cases in Kashmir division has reached 209,420 including 205,902 recoveries and 2,270 deaths.

The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 1,450 including 1,248 from Kashmir division.

With 95 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 328,108 which is 98.24 percent of the total cases.

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