Bhubaneswar: More than 10 teachers of Kendriya Vidyalaya-1 in Bhubaneswar test positive for Covid-19. Reportedly, the mass RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen tests of the students and teachers in educational institutions have been ramped up in the capital city amidst the scare of the Omicron variant of coronavirus detected in the country.
Earlier on Thursday, two students of Capital High School tested positive for Covid-19.
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided the conduct the Covid tests post the reopening of schools in Bhubaneswar given students’ safety as they come in regular contact with each other.
BMC has emphasized the safety of other students post the two Covid positives and has initiated the contact tracing along with the sanitization procedure of the school.
All those who have even minor symptoms of Covid have been asked to stay under quarantine according to the protocols.
Covid testing has been emphasized in all the educational institutions under the three zones of BMC.
In North Zone, the testing has covered at Ashram School, Rasulgarh, Ashram School, Nayapalli, Prabhuji English Medium School, Institute of Hotel Management, VSS Nagar, Jaydev College, Nahar Kanta, Biju Patnaik College, Jayadev Vihar, GGP Colony High School, VSS Nagar High School, etc.
Similarly, Covid-19 testing camps are being held at RD Women’s University, Maharshi College of Natural Law, Unit-IX Boy’s School, Badagada High School, and Capital High School, among others.
Likewise, the Civic Body is conducting such testing camps at DAV School, Unit-8, IRC Village High School, Saraswati Sishu Mandir, Nayapalli (Ward-23), Tapoban High School, Paika Nagar High School near Delta Square under South-West Zone. Till today, about 1500 testing has already been conducted at each zone.
These institutions were asked to isolate students or staff having symptoms and immediately contact authorities for testing of the Covid suspects as well as their close contacts. Also, authorities of institutions were directed to remain in constant touch with local health workers and doctors of their localities and report any suspect case immediately.
This apart, random testing is being carried out in tribal hostels, offices of private organizations, markets, and apartments, etc. to check the transmission.
As physical classes had started for classes 10 and 12 on July 26, class 11 from October 21, class 8 from October 25, and classes 6 and 7 students from November 15, the BMC keeps a vigilant eye to check further transmission of coronavirus.
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