5,600 Students, Teachers Test Positive for Covid-19 in Nashik

NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation said that over 5,000 students and over 500 teachers of civic and private schools of the city have tested negative for Covid-19.

NMC’s medical superintendent Dr Bapusaheb Nagargoje told TOI that they had conducted the Covid tests randomly at various schools since the re-opening of educational institutes for classes I to VII on December 13.

“We will continue to carry out this exercise as a part of our endeavour to monitor the health of the students and teachers, who have started attending classes after over one-and-half year. The random tests will also enable us to isolate those testing positive. It is reassuring that there has been no Covid positive case in any of the city schools,” he added.

NMC health authorities added that a student or a teacher did not remain indoors prior to reopening of the schools. “They could have been infected even before the schools reopened and their Covid tests would have been positive even if they were tested in the first week after reopening of the schools,” they added.

In the meantime, the Nashik Zilla Parishad has directed the taluka medical officers of all the 15 talukas to conduct random RT-PCR tests at the 79 residential schools spread in rural Nashik.

District health officer Dr Kapil Aher said that since the students of these schools stay in hostels, it has decided to carry out random RT-PCR tests in those schools,” added Aher.

Source: 5,600 students, teachers test positive for Covid-19 in Nashik (msn.com)

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