After the reopening of schools in Odisha, 26 teachers and two students have tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha's Gajapati district on Saturday. To take stock of the situation a senior officer has been sent to the district by the administration. On Friday the samples were tested before the reopening of schools so no need to panic, said the administration. Even then the development has sparked fears across the state.
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The affected students and teachers have nothing to do with the reopening of schools for students of classes 10 and 12 said the detection of COVID-19 cases, a senior official of the School and Mass Education Department. No school in the state has ordered COVID-19 tests within two days, he said. S&ME secretary Satyabrata Sahoo has asked senior officials to visit all the districts to oversee the situation.
From neighbouring Andhra Pradesh the fresh infections might have come from the migratory population as claimed by the Gajapati CDMO. all schools are being regularly sanitized, said by the S&ME Department.
As per the standard operating procedure, the teachers and students who have tested positive for the infection will not be allowed to attend schools and will remain in the home or institutional quarantine centres.