by NEWSNER , 2021-03-30 10:59:49
There is immense worry about a few possible spikes in COVID cases in Garo Hills after 20 schoolboys, some as young as 12 to 13 years aged, residing within the hostel inside Don Bosco Higher lyceum within the heart of Tura were found positive with the virus during contact tracing on Monday.
This sudden spike within the infection rate at one cluster has sent health department officials into a tizzy and therefore the sprawling campus of 1 of Tura’s oldest education institutions has been immediately becoming a containment zone for fourteen days.
The detection of such an outsized number of COVID infections began after the driving force of the varsity bus was found carrying the virus.
“The driver had gone to donate blood for somebody within the hospital and it had been during mandatory COVID testing before donating blood that he was found positive. So we immediately began contact testing which led our surveillance teams to the varsity hostel where 20 boys out of 45 residing within the hostel tested positive. those that tested negative are separated from the group and isolated within the containment zone,” revealed West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh.
He added that the majority of the youngsters who tested positive were within the junior classes of the varsity and had displayed no symptoms of the infection.
This is the primary major spike in COVID infections since the lockdown was eased across the state.
Following the detection, the district medical and health officer wrote to the DC seeking the declaration of the whole area as a containment zone to increase the surveillance and get in touch with tracing.
“We are going to be undertaking COVID testing of the teacher's frequenting the varsity from Tuesday onwards,” informed DC Ram Singh.
He exuded confidence that the infection rate is going to be contained since no physical classes are happening and students were currently undertaking online examinations.
But what has baffled surveillance teams within the absence of any travel history by the busman who tested positive indicating the spread of the virus undetected among the population.
There is more worry future within the light of the continued election campaign for the GHADC polls wherein hundreds, and sometimes several thousand, people are attending political rallies, particularly within the plains belt region where the general public have discarded the time tested preventive measures of handwashing and use of face masks publicly places.
Just each day earlier, several thousand people thronged to listen to Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma speak at an election rally in Phulbari where face masks were a rare commodity.