The Punjab Government has ordered to organise 10,000 RT-PCR tests daily in the schools of the state as many students tested positive in the past two days.
Recently, 20 students in two different schools have been tested positive in Ludhiana. In fact, six students were found infected in Hoshiarpur as well.
However, the Punjab Government has already reopened schools from August 2. Punjab’s Chief Secretary, Vini Mahajan has issued directions for conducting Covid tests daily in the schools. According to a statement, the chief secretary has asked deputy commissioners to fully vaccinate staff and teachers and maintain Covid protocols in the schools. The target of collecting 40,000 samples per day in schools is something the state is planning to do in the near future.
Mahajan is concerned about the movement of people from the neighbouring states and asked officials to keep a close watch on it and check the positivity rate of cases as well. The University of Cambridge recently forecasted that the new cases may double in about 64 days. She expressed satisfaction that among 2,45,823 covid samples only 352 tested positive, which accounted for the positivity rate of 0.1 percent.