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16 students of two schools in Tiruppur turns Covid -19 positive

Chennai, September 15 (BPNS)

While the state government is mulling on the possibilities of reopening schools for junior classes with the onus on Chief Minister to take a call, 16 senior students of two schools in Tiruppur have tested Covid -19 positive.

Officials of the Department of Health and education said that eight boys of Class XII at  Corporation Higher Secondary School in Tiruppur tested positive on Tuesday evening. Education department officials said that the school will be closed from Wednesday to Friday for disinfecting the classrooms and will be open from Monday only.

Health officials said that the students are asymptomatic and are under house isolation.

Health and Education department officials said that eight students of a Private higher secondary school at Palladam, Tiruppur also tested positive. Officials said that a girl of Class XII was tested positive and after that school officials and health officials took the swab samples of 1100 students of the school.

The test reported indicated that seven students of Classes XI and XII tested positive. Health officials said that the students were asymptomatic and are in home isolation.

The school , according to the  Education department officials will be shut down for this week and disinfectants will be sprayed in the classrooms.

Deputy Director of Health Services, Tiruppur district,  K. Jagadeesh Kumar said that any school where more than three Covid -19 cases are reported will be closed down for disinfection. The medical department of Tiruppur is collecting swab samples of school students and faculty in a random manner to check whether a spread has taken place.

Chief Educational Office of Tiruppur, B. Ramesh while speaking to BPNS said, “ The number of government school students who have tested Covid -19 positive is 11 in Tiruppur district now. Nine government school teachers and Block Educational officer of Medathukualam block have been tested positive.”

With the school students of Tiruppur district reporting Covid 19 positive cases, the decision of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on reopening of the schools for junior classes may be delayed.