Around 187 students and 75 staff members in two Malappuram schools have tested positive for Covid-19 a month after the reopening of schools in Kerala.
On this background, holidays have been declared in the two schools where the cases have been confirmed. Authorities are likely to conduct Covid-19 tests in nearby schools as well.
According to reports, on Sunday, it was revealed that 148 students and 39 teaching staffs of Government Higher Secondary School at Maranchery and 39 students and 36 teachers of Vanneri Higher Secondary school were infected. On February 1, a tenth standard student of the Maranchery School had tested positive for Covid.
Meanwhile, a total of 65 employees have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Secretariat. The employees are from different departments of the secretariats. It is alleged that the high number of cases of Covid -19 at the Secretariat could be due to the canteen election that was conducted last week. Around 4,200 employees had attended the election that was organised at the Darbar Hall, Secretariat. After more than 60 employees tested positive, the Finance and Legal Departments in the Secretariat have been closed temporarily.
Even when the number of cases is rising, the Kerala government is preparing another election in the Secretariat employees' cooperative society. The State Election Commission has issued a notification that the Secretariat Housing Cooperative Society election is scheduled on March 10.