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COVID-19: Telangana on alert after 45 students, teacher in residential school test positive

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This is the third incident of students testing positive in large numbers at any educational institution in Telangana during the last 10 days. 

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  • Of the 491 students at the school, the Covid test was conducted on Sunday on 261 students.
  • The samples of the students who tested positive were sent to Hyderabad for genome sequencing.
  • Earlier, 29 students of a govt-run residential school in Khammam tested positive for Covid.

As many as 45 students and a teacher have tested positive for COVID-19 in a residential school in Telangana on Monday, said Sangareddy District authorities. 

The cases have come to light at Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Gurukul school at Muthangi village in Sangareddy district, about 50 km from Hyderabad. Of the 491 students at the school, the Covid test was conducted on Sunday on 261 students.

The samples of the students who tested positive were sent to Hyderabad for genome sequencing. The official said the infected students were kept in isolation at the hostel on school premises and they were all stable.

A student had taken ill three days ago. Since she was showing suspected symptoms of Covid, the school authorities decided to conduct tests on all students.

This is the third incident of students testing positive in large numbers at any educational institution in Telangana during the last 10 days. Last week, Mahindra University near Hyderabad was shut down after 25 students and five staff members tested positive for the virus.

The authorities conducted Covid tests for 1,700 students and staff members. A total of 25 students, one faculty member, and four support staff were tested positive. The university declared a holiday for 15 days and began online classes on Monday.

Earlier, 29 students of a government-run residential school and junior college for girls in Khammam district had tested positive for the Coronavirus.

The cases were reported at the school and junior college in Wyra town. The school authorities conducted tests for all 550 students after a couple of students showed suspected symptoms.

This was the first time since the reopening of residential schools in the state last month that such a large number of students were found positive.

Educational institutions in Telangana reopened from September 1. However, the High Court allowed the reopening of residential schools in the last week of October after the education department gave an assurance that all preventive measures will be taken.

(with IANS inputs)

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Delhi’s fresh Covid-19 cases drop to 5,760 today, 37% lower than yesterday

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A healthworker takes swab sample of an athlete for Covid-19 test at SDMC Urban Public Health Centre in Daryaganj, New Delhi.

Delhi reported 5,760 fresh Covid-19 cases on Monday and 30 deaths, according to data released by the health department. The active cases tally in the national capital is now 45,140. The Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was recorded at 11.79%.

On Sunday, Delhi reported 9,197 fresh Covid cases and 34 deaths, while the positivity rate dropped to 13.32 per cent, according to data shared by the health department. The health bulletin showed 69,022 Covid tests were conducted in the capital the previous day. The number of daily cases in Delhi has been declining after touching the record high of 28,867 on January 13.

On Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had proposed lifting the weekend curfew and ending the odd-even rule for opening shops, but Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal directed that status quo be maintained on the restrictions till the situation improves further. The LG’s office, however, approved the government’s proposal to allow private offices to reopen with 50 per cent staff. 

Also Read: Omicron positive but no symptoms? No need to isolate for 10 days, expert says

 

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Delhi govt lays down SOPs for COVID-19 cases

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Under the SOPs, labs have been directed to give real-time data within 20 hours to the State COVID-19 Response Centre

Labs giving real-time data to states, segregation of coronavirus patients on basis of districts and assembly constituencies are part of the SOPs laid down by the Delhi government. In an order issued last week, the Health Department stated that it has prepared SOPs for Covid-care centres which also listed out guidelines to be followed for telecalling patients.

Under the SOPs, labs have been directed to give real-time data within 20 hours to the State COVID-19 Response Centre. They have been directed to segregate cases on the basis of districts, assembly names and wards, etc. This data will be published on the integrated management app.

The tele-calling unit of the Covid-centre is responsible for calling up the patient within half-a-hour of testing positive, it said. In case a patient requires admission, the team from the centre has to reach within an hour and facilitate it, the order said. With respect to other positive cases, all will be given visit, in coordination with the CDMO, on the first day itself within four hours and time will be noted on software. 

“A home-visit team will do assessment and physical triage on spot and decide whether patient can be managed in Home isolation as per guidelines or need to be shifted to the Covid facility. In brief patients may be categorized — fit for hospital; fit for CCC; fit for Centre, fit for home isolation or Un-cooperative,” it said.

It also said that the home visit team may consult or facilitate patient for video-calling with Doctor at Covid Care Centre, if required.  The team will coordinate with HI team at Centre for admission / isolation and shall share phone/mobile numbers of Centre, HI team, and Home visit team members and also form a whatsapp group with the positive patient and will be responsible to follow the patient for the 

duration of home isolation.  

There are 61,954 active cases in Delhi, of which 48,356 are in home isolation, according to government data. 

Also Read | Staying at isolation facility not mandatory from today for foreign arrivals testing COVID positive

Also Read | COVID-19: Amid rising cases, Gujarat imposes night curfew in 17 more towns

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Covid-19: Bihar govt extend restrictions till Feb 6 amid surge in cases

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Covid-19: Bihar govt extend restrictions till Feb 6 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday reviewed the status of coronavirus infection in the state. After the review meet, the chief minister tweeted “the status of Covid was reviewed. In view of the situation of corona infection, it has been decided to extend all the restrictions currently in force till 6 February 2022.” “All of you are requested to take special precautions and follow the guidelines issued by the government,” he added 

Amid a surge in the number of Covid cases in the state, night curfew was imposed on January 6 from 10pm to 5am till January 21. The decision was announced following a meeting of the crisis management group (CMG) chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar. The government order said that pre-school and classes 1 to 8 will remain closed. However, online classes will continue. The guidelines said educational institutions for Classes 9 to 12 will function with 50% capacity. 4,063 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours in the state. 

Also Read | Delhi reports 12,306 fresh Covid cases today, 10% lower than yesterday

Also Read | Bihar Covid News Update: 87 doctors at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital in Patna test positive

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