JAMMU/SRINAGAR/ LEH, Sept 27: Thirty two students of Keralite Public School Thannamandi in Rajouri district today tested positive for COVID-19.
A day before, eight students of SVS College Sunderbani in the same district had tested positive for pathogen.
The students who tested positive for COVID-19 were studying in Class 10th and 12th and belonged to local areas of Thannamandi.
They were subjected to random testing after opening of the school, the officials said, adding they have been isolated and quarantined as per the Standard Operating Procedure.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Rajouri Gulzar Hussain has ordered closure of the school from September 28 to October 2. He directed staff members and students to remain in isolation/self quarantine and get themselves tested from nearby Health centres.
A total of 40 persons today tested positive in Rajouri district while number of total positives in the Jammu region stood at 55.
Cases in other districts include five each in Jammu and Doda, two in Udhampur and one each in Kishtwar, Poonch and Ramban districts. Reasi, Samba and Kathua districts didn’t report any fresh cases today.
Fourteen persons recovered from the virus leaving behind 281 active positive cases in the Jammu region.
Three new COVID positive cases were today reported in the Union Territory of Ladakh, all in Leh district.
Ladakh now has 156 active positive cases including 152 in Leh and four in Kargil.
Meanwhile, after strict measures taken by the district administration, the COVID-19 cases in Srinagar have declined and Kashmir witnessed 62 fresh cases today.
Those who tested positive include 33 from Srinagar, 2 from Baramulla, 8 from Budgam, 5 from Pulwama, 3 from Kupwara, 1 from Anantnag, 8 from Bandipora and 2 from Ganderbal.
The number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 205,403 including 201,922 recoveries and 2,249 deaths.
The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 1,513 including 1,232 from Kashmir division. With 118 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 323,190, which is 98.20 percent of the total cases.