After Karnataka, COVID-19 raises head in Odisha; 25 girls of government school test positive

After Karnataka, COVID-19 raises head in Odisha; 25 girls of government school test positive

The infected students have been put under isolation within the school premises and the authorities have already started contact tracing. Samples of other students have also been collected and have been sent to laboratories for test.

Bhubaneswar: In Odisha, at least 25 students of a government (SSD) Girls’ High School, Chamakpur, have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The infected students have been put under isolation within the school premises and the authorities have already started contact tracing. Samples of other students have also been collected and have been sent to laboratories for test.

“The situation is under control and is being monitored by our medical team. The health condition of the students is stable,”  Dr Rupavanoo Mishra, Chief District Medical Officer, Mayurbhanj said.

Mishra further said some students of the schools were sufferings from cold, cough and fever for the last couple of days after which the administration decided to conduct COVDI-19 test.

“Some students had come to the (residential) school yesterday. We think they may have brought the infection. Our medical team along with an ambulance is there,” he added.  

As per reports, the school has around 256 students and 20 staff. A team of medical practitioners from the district headquarters and sub collector are at the school, constantly monitoring the situation. 

So far, 10,48,683 people in Odisha have been infected by COVID-19. The state has 2,359 active cases of the coronavirus. The deadly virus has claimed lives of as many as 8,407 people so far in Odisha. 

This comes within days after a total of 281 students and faculty of Karnataka’s SDM College of Medical Sciences tested positive for coronavirus. According to Dharwad’s district magistrate Nitish Patil, six patients out of the total 281 cases are found symptomatic. 

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Earlier last week, 66 people of the medical college were tested positive for the virus. The cases rose after each students and staff were asked to take the COVID-19 test. 

The college recently had organised a freshers party to welcome first-year MBBS students after which the students showed symptoms and were asked to test for the coronavirus. 

first published:Nov. 28, 2021, 2:24 p.m.

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