The district’s chief medical officer said on Friday that more than 400 school students and around 50 teachers had tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kangra Himachal Pradesh district in the past month. The number of students infected with Covid virus which was 362 on Thursday rose to 408 on Friday with another 46 students testing positive in the past 24 hours, Dr. Gordarshan Gupta said.

He added that the number of teachers infected with coronavirus as of Thursday was 49 on Thursday and he is waiting for more test results.

Dr Gupta said that testing for infection in Kangra schools has started since September 27.

“We are concerned about the increase in the number of students and teachers,” he said. “It is a major concern for us.”

He told PTI, “We have taken exams in 161 schools in Kangra district. For this reason, HP Department of Education has extended the Diwali holiday and has decided to close all schools for a week.”

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The HP Department of Education has ordered the closure of schools from October 31 to November 7 on Diwali.

A 13-year-old student died of infection in Kangra on October 21.

She became infected after attending a wedding. District health authorities said the girl had not been to school since October 12.

Her family only sought medical help after her condition deteriorated.

Dr Gupta said that in the densely populated Kangra district, a total of 50,732 people have tested positive for the virus so far.

Among them, 48,751 have recovered while 855 are still infected.

He said 1,122 people have died of Covid-19 in Kangra so far.

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