All schools in Leh district were shut for 15 days from Saturday after Ladakh reported 71 fresh cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day surge in the past two months, taking the overall infection tally to 20,702.
A majority of the new cases were detected from Druk Padma Karpo School Shey, prompting the District Development Commissioner (Leh) Shrikant Balasaheb Suse to notify the school campus as a containment zone to stop further spread of the infection. He thus ordered closure of all government and private schools in the district for 15 days from September 18 to October 2.
In an order issued on Friday, the district magistrate said the decision was taken in view of reporting of fresh COVID-19 cases in schools and in the interest of the public health and safety.
However, the order, said online classes would be encouraged with Covid standard operating procedures (SOPS). Leh’s chief medical officer and chief education officer have been directed to ensure that the students leaving from residential schools or hostels for their homes are mandatorily screened for RT-PCR test.
The students have to undergo home quarantine along with their family members for seven days irrespective of their results, the order said, adding that “any violation of the directions shall invite strict action under relevant sections of DM Act, 2005.”
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