A month before schools were to reopen in Andhra Pradesh, 27 students test COVID-19 positive

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Days after the central government permitted the reopening of schools and colleges under Unlock 5, all state governments have been bracing themselves to implement it.

The Andhra Pradesh government also decided to completely reopen schools from November 2, 2020, however, a month before the reopening, as many as 27 school students in Vizianagaram have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

According to media reports, about 27 Class 9 and 10 students of two Zilla Parishad high schools in Vizianagaram have tested positive for Covid-19 at a time when they were already going to school to clear their doubts. The incident of students turning Covid-19 positive have come as a shocker for parents and a sense of fear and caution have occupied the minds of students and parents alike.

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However, officials from the education department have pinned the blame on students and have said that all necessary precautions were in place at the schools, and the students may have contracted the virus elsewhere.

Representational Image- Students wear face-masks as they maintain social distancing while attending classes at a Junior College after Assam Government reopened educational institutes, in Tezpur on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Meanwhile, as per reports, School education commissioner V Chinna Veerabhadrudu has denied that the students contracted the virus at school and has said that they could have contracted the virus elsewhere. A decision on whether to shut the school will be taken soon.

Earlier on Sunday, Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia denied reopening of schools, owing to a surge in the number of COVID cases.

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Around 6,242 new Covid cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 7.19 lakh cases and more than five thousand deaths have been reported so far. The total coronavirus case tally in the country has crossed 66 lakh mark and more than one lakh people have succumbed to the pandemic.

Therefore, with such a growing number of cases, it becomes extremely important for all state governments to be responsible for children’s safety and take prompt actions before considering reopening schools and colleges.

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