Schools closed due to spike in COVID infections in J&K


573 new cases reported; 6 GMC students test positive


JAMMU: To contain the recent spike in number of COVID-19 cases, the government has decided to close all schools upto 9th class for two weeks while as from10th to 12th classes, schools will be closed for a week starting Monday.
Physical classes for students from classes 10 to 12 will also be suspended for a week, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha’s office said in a tweet on Sunday.
“In view of rising trend in #COVID19 cases in J&K & likelihood of young children getting infected & transmitting infection in large numbers, All classes up to & including Class 9 in schools will be closed for 2 weeks in all schools beginning on Monday, 5 April till 18 April, 21 in J&K,” Sinha’s office tweeted.
An order issued in this regard on Sunday stated that an overall assessment of the situation pertaining to the spread of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir and the trend in new cases particularly the recent spike in the number of daily reported cases of infection and the likelihood of young children getting infected and transmitting infection in large numbers was conducted.
“On the basis of the above assessment, the State Executive Committee, in exercise of the powers conferred up on it under section 24 of the Disaster Management Act. 2005, hereby orders that:
All schools in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir up to and including class 9 shall compulsorily remain closed till 18.04. 2021″, the order read.
It added that the classes 10 to 12 in all schools shall remain closed till 11. 04.2021while as exams for classes 10 and 12 shall be held as per ther schedule.
The order also read that there shall be a ceiling of 200 persons on all kinds of social and customary gatherings, functions, subject to strict adherence of COVID protocol already prevalent in this connections.
The order further reads that COVID SOPs, already issued on 30 March.2021, shall continue to apply in all cases.
Meanwhile, 573 new COVID cases have been reported in the Union Territory on Sunday–122 from Jammu division and 451 from Kashmir division, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 133012.
“Three COVID-19 deaths have been reported, one from Jammu Division and two from the Kashmir Valley.
The officials said Srinagar district recorded a maximum of 208 cases, including 62 travellers, followed by 92 in Jammu and 84 in Baramulla districts.
Two districts did not report any fresh cases, while seven other districts had cases in single digits. Budgam, Anantnag, Pulwama, Bandipora, Kupwara, Kulgam, Shopian and Kathua were the other districts to register cases in double digits.
Moreover, 189 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 39 from Jammu Division and 150 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 133012 positive cases, 3955 are Active Positive, 127049 have recovered and 2008have died; 741 in Jammu division and 1267 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 6211099test results available, 6078087 samples have been tested as negative till 04thApril, 2021.
Till date 1540680 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 48489 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 3955 in isolation and 121219in home surveillance. Besides, 1365009 persons have completed their surveillance period.
In a related development, Government Medical College Jammu y conducted RAT SWEEP for staff and students at Girls and Boys hostels of GMC Jammu.
During testing one boy and five girl hostelers tested positive for COVID-19.
Isolation of all positive students has been arranged at the Maternal Child Hospital (MCH) Gandhi Nagar Jammu.
It was decided that the RAT sweep shall be done periodically in routine.
It is pertinent to mention here that with the help of Municipal Health Authorities sanitization of hostels premises was organized.