Shimla, Sep 21
Seventy seven students and three staff members of a residential school in Dharampur area of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh have been tested positive for Covid.
Four students of Dr Vijay Memorial Senior School, Dharampur were taken ill with symptoms of fever, cold and cough on Saturday after which they were rushed to Civil Hospital where they were tested positive for Covid.
This led to panic among the school and health department authorities who conducted tests on other students too and 80 others including three staff members had been tested positive for Coronavirus.
Confirming this, Mandi Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Devender Kumar Sharma said 80 students including three staff members had been tested positive for Covid.
“18 students were tested positive for Covid on Sunday after which tests of other students of the residential school were tested for the viral disease.
The report of 23 students came positive on Monday while 39 students including three staff members were tested positive for Covid on Tuesday,” said Sharma.
He stated that the residential school had been converted into a containment zone and all the students were being treated at the premises after quarantining them.
“All the students and staff members have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic and they are being treated at the school premises as per set protocol,” he added.
It is worth mentioning here that Dr Vijay Memorial Senior School, Dharampur, located around 180 km from state headquarters Shimla, is a charitable institute that provides free education and the residential school houses 120 students of 9th to 12th Class.
Overall, the number of active cases of Covid in Himachal stands at 1,616 with 3,637 deaths till 20 September with 234 cases being reported on Monday.
Till date, a total of 2,17,140 persons had been tested positive for Covid-19 in the state since the first case was reported in March 2020, of which 2,11, 871 had been cured of viral disease.