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50 teachers tested Covid-19 positive in K’taka

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Karnataka government has reopened schools from January 1,2021, on Tuesday, 50 teachers tested positive in different parts of the state, leading to closure of several schools.

In Belagavi, 22 teachers who tested positive are in home quarantine and are not in contact with colleagues or students. A school at Kadoli village in Belagavi taluk was shut for a day after a teacher showed Covid-19 symptoms.

AB Pundalik, deputy director of public instruction, Belagavi educational district, said teachers had undergone Covid-19 tests last week. “Those with symptoms were asked not to come to school and those who tested negative conducted classes for the tenth standard students,” he added.

Seven schools in Chitradurga district were shut down for two days from Tuesday after six teachers, including four women and a second division assistant, tested positive. “All have been sent to home quarantine and schools have been sanitised, said Chitradurga DDPI Ravishankar Reddy.

Health minister K Sudhakar said there was no need to panic and stressed the government was keeping a vigil. “We have made adequate arrangements to ensure students get good treatment. People have to cooperate for the academic progress of students,” he added.
Following complaints by parents, Kodagu district administration said Covid test for students is optional. “Only if there are any symptoms will the test be compulsory,’’ it said.

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