Coronavirus: Noida's Sriram Millennium and Shiv Nadar Schools Declare Holiday Till March 9 (Photo Credit: Reuters Photo)
Noida’s two high-profile schools have declared brief break over coronavirus scare. The development came after father of one of the students tested positive for COVID-19. Two schools - Shriram Millennium and Shiv Nadar have announced holidays till March 9. Around 40 Shriram students have been sent for 28-day quarantine. One of the student’s father had tested positive for COVID-19. The step has been taken to limit the exposure. Over 3,000 people have been killed due to coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held a high-profile meeting to review the inter-departmental preparedness to combat coronavirus outbreak in India. The Prime Minister took to Twitter to appeal for calm.
According to the mail sent to the parents, Shriram Millennium Director/Principal Uttara Singh said, "In the wake of the recent outbreak of virus and flu we request you to not send your child to school if he/she has a cold/cough or fever. We don't want infections to spread and the best way is precaution. Please do not send them for any test/exam either as it will not be allowed. Children found suffering from any symptoms of flu will be sent back home immediately. School is taking all preventive steps. We will be fumigating the entire school and all buses tomorrow and continuing it on a regular basis." A Business Today report said that Shiv Nadar Principal Shashi Banerjee said that the school will be closed till March 9 to sanitise the building for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, A high-profile school located in Noida’s Sector 135 was forced to cancel the annual exams on Tuesday due to threat of coronavirus outbreak. News Nation has learnt that the child of sole coronavirus positive patient from Delhi is a student at the Noida school. On Friday, the COVID-19 patient’s child attended a birthday party of one of his classmates. Several children and students came into the contact of the child of the coronavirus patient. Since the Government of India reported about the Delhi case on Monday, all students have been quarantined as a preventive measure. “Exams for today are confirmed to have been postponed in the school,” sources told News Nation. Noida CMO is reaching the school and the DM is also monitoring the situation. (LIVE UPDATES)
News Nation has also learnt that the school has announced 3-day holiday following the COVID-19 scare. The school officials have conveyed the same to the parents ‘verbally’. There are reports that some other Noida schools are also closing down after the reports. Health officials are screening the area. The ‘once-in-a-century’ pathogen has killed more than 3,000 people around the globe. In India so far, three positive cases have been reported. One in Delhi, another in Telangana and an Italian tourist in Jaipur. Previously, there were several suspected cases of coronavirus in Delhi. However, it was only on Monday that a positive case came to light.