Published: 27th August 2021
Parents in Andhra Pradesh urge action against schools that fail to follow COVID protocol after six children test positive
Students in the state are regularly tested for the coronavirus after the resumption of physical classes, in adherence to the state government’s guidelines
Six students of Yellapuvanipalem Zilla Parishad School in Andhara Pradesh's Visakhapatnam district’s Gopalapatnam Mandal have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Four of them are from Kothapalem village, while the other two hail from Santosh Nagar locality. Ever since schools reopened on August 16, many students from across the state had been diagnosed with COVID-19 or its symptoms.
Following the test reports of the six, GVMC and public health personnel sanitised the school and their residences. Headmistress Kavitha said the school is following all COVID protocols. Students, across the state, are being regularly tested for the coronavirus after the resumption of physical classes, in adherence to the state government’s guidelines.
Meanwhile, a Class 7 student of Raviteja High School at Pulivendula in Kadapa district tested positive on Thursday. Health officials collected samples from 14 students as they are primary contacts of the infected student.
School correspondents said the classrooms were sanitised, and only 18 to 20 students were being seated in each room. However, the student who tested positive, reportedly told the officials that there were 40 students in the classrooms. Parents have urged the authorities to take action against the schools if they fail to follow COVID protocol.
AEO Veera Reddy also visited the school and reviewed the situation. He said if five or more cases emerge, the school will be closed as per the COVID guidelines.