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After reopening schools in Maharashtra, 62 teachers test COVID-19 positive in Nashik

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New Delhi, Jan 05: Schools for students studying in Classes 9 to 12 reopened in Nashik district of Maharashtra on Monday. With this development, as many as 62 teachers at the school tested positive for the novel coronavirus before resuming duties, officials said.

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Out of the 1,324 schools in rural Nashik and city limits, as many as 846 started classes for students of standards 9 to 12, said a release from the district administration.

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As many as 1,21,579 students attended schools that were shut since March-end last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown, it said. Prior to reopening the schools, RT-PCR tests of 7,063 headmasters/teachers and 2,500 non-teaching staff members were conducted, the release said.

Out of these, 62 headmasters/teachers and 10 non-teaching staffers tested positive for COVID-19, it said. As per the new norms, 50 per cent of the students will attend the school on one day and the remaining will come the next day, the release said.

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Observing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19such as sanitisation of schools, thermal scanning, use of masks and hand sanitisers and maintaining social distance have been made compulsory for teachers, non-teaching staff and students.

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