Coronavirus: Health Ministry issues advisory to schools to avoid large gathering of students
With the Gurugram Paytm employee testing positive for the Novel Coronavirus, the total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 29 in India. In the wake of the spread of the deadly contagion in India, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has come out with a school advisory in view of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
All schools have been advised by the government to avoid any large gathering of students on the school premises. As per the advisory, any student or staff with travel history to any COVID-19 affected country or in contact with such persons in the last 28 days should be monitored and home quarantined for 14 days.
Class teachers have been asked to be alert of any possible symptoms among the students like coughing, fever or difficulty in breathing and inform the parents to get them tested, said the advisory. Any affected student should not join school unless okayed by a doctor.
The Health Ministry’s advisory also talked about basic hygiene like washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. It also suggested using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
“Everyone should cover their mouth with a tissue/handkerchief when they cough or sneeze and wash their hands afterward. Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. Everyone should throw away used tissues in a bin and wash their hands after contact with coughing/sneezing,” said the government advisory.
It has also asked schools to place alcohol-based sanitizers at different spots. The advisory also asked the authorities to monitor the students staying in hostels. It asked people to contact the dedicated call centers should the need arise.
The first case of coronavirus in Delhi was detected on Monday. Six suspected cases have been detected in Agra, who came in contact with the person from Delhi who tested positive. As of today, 29 cases of coronavirus have been reported from India, including a group of Italian nationals who are now been quarantined. Three persons from Kerala have been discharged after treatment.
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It said the death toll outside of China had gone up by 48 to 214.
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