Containment zones have returned, after a teacher, who was conducting offline classes in the school in Panbazar area here tested positive for the virus. Annual exams started in the school a few days ago, but soon after the infection was confirmed late on Saturday, all school activities were put on hold, said officials of Kamrup (Metropolitan) district administration. The area in which the school is located has been sealed.
“We have put the school premises under containment till February 27. The final exams have been postponed,” additional deputy commissioner Sharmistha Borah told TOI. Teachers have been directed by the administration to be present in the school at 10 am on Monday for a Covid test.
She said as a precautionary measure in the wake of rising number of fresh Covid cases in other states, the containment zone was declared on Sunday. “Many teachers of the school underwent Covid tests on Sunday, but none was found to be positive. Even students, who came in touch with the teacher, or are suffering from Covid-19 symptoms need to undergo Covid tests,” Borah said, as the incident came as a major jolt since reopening of all classes in the state, including the elementary sections, since January 1.
Sources in the education department, however, said in the last few weeks, no positive cases have been reported from government schools.
The number of fresh infections in the state was 16 on Saturday, even after the health department conducted over 14,000 tests throughout the day. The last Covid death in Assam was reported on February 18, when one person died after virus infection. Another death was reported on the previous day. Till Saturday night, the number of Covid deaths stood at 1,091 in the state.
Assam NHM director Lakshmanan S said the new cases are not concentrated in one district but are scattered. The trend has changed if compared to the peak days of Covid crisis, when most cases were reported from Guwahati city.
Joint director, health services, Kamrup (M) Dr Ganesh Saikia said, “Even without travel histories from other states, people have been found positive. The recent trends confirm this. The woman teacher who tested positive was in Assam only.”
Dr Manoj Choudhury, executive director of Assam NHM, said all groups have been found vulnerable to the virus, though the risk of deterioration is more among the aged and those with co-morbidities. “The good news is that Assam has not detected the new variants of the virus. Maximum precaution is needed at this crucial hour,” he said.