Panic ensued at a private school in Noida after a parent of two children studying there tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. The 46-year-old Delhi man had a travel history to Italy and is currently admitted to an isolation ward in Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital along with four other family members who are awaiting their test results.
Several students had attended a birthday party of the child whose father tested positive.
After the man was found to be infected, the school declared a three-day off as a precautionary measure. Following this, another school nearby also announced that it will remain shut till March 9.
Several students had attended a birthday party of the child whose father was infected and now as many as 40 kids have been sent into a 28-day isolation period.
On Monday, the two children of the infected person did not attend school. WhatsApp groups of parents of the Shriram Millenium School students were flooded with messages of a possible COVID-19 case on Sunday. This led parents to take self-precautionary measures and a majority of the students did not attend school on Monday.
“We are sanitising the Shriram Millennium School as a precautionary measure. A few students from the school attended a birthday party hosted by the Coronavirus patient from Delhi on February 28. We have called for a parents’ meeting to spread awareness on the issue so that there is no panic. We are in touch with the school authorities and parents to ensure that all the required precautions are taken by the affected persons,” said Dr Anurag Bhargava, chief medical officer, Gautam Budh Nagar.
The other school-- Shiva Nadar also released a statement that read: “In the wake of the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, and detection of 2 cases in India (1 in Delhi), it has been decided to close Shiv Nadar School until the 9th of March in order to sanitize our spaces and completely remove all scope for the further spread of this virus."