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Fresh covid infections Panic, anxiety grip guardians, students

26 September 2021

Staff Reporter  :
Panic has gripped the guardians and students in view of the fresh corona virus infections affecting 13 learners and six teachers in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila.
As a result,, anxious parents have approached the hospital authorities in Thakurgaon to get their children tested whether they are free from  Covid-19.
Besides, the presence of corona virus infection has been claimed in the country's different schools through by the social media platforms.
In this situation, Education Minister Dipu Moni on Saturday said  if there is any report or possibility of rise of  Covid case in any educational institution, then those will be closed.
"But no such situation has so far arisen anywhere. If any report comes, we'll take steps," she said while talking to reporters after the inauguration of Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition at the Shilpakala Academy.
"We don't want to bring the pre-primary level students to educational institutions now. After three weeks, we'll take a decision on it," said Dipu Moni.
The education minister said the pandemic is not yet over  in the world and people must be careful although the daily infection rate has fallen below five percent.
"We'll have to keep eyes on the situation. Anyone can fall sick anywhere -- at home, on the way to schools or even at educational institutions. We're alert so that we can take steps immediately. We'll take measures in consultation with local administrations, civil surgeon offices and health department if we receive any complaint or report."
A class VII student died of Covid while a class X student of another school tested positive, she said, adding that all their classmates were tested, but no one was found positive.
Alamgir Muhammad Mansurul Alam, Director General of the Department of Primary Education said, other students are also being monitored regularly if there are any symptom.
Besides, teachers in all schools in the country have been also instructed to talk to students about coronavirus for at least half an hour every day.
In addition to raising awareness, they have been instructed to take immediate action  whether they have any symptom, and whether any family member has been infected, he added.
Meanwhile, the district administration in Thakurgaon has decided not to shut down schools in the wake of the fresh Covid-19 infections in Sadar upazila.
Following a coordination meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner Mahbub Alam on Friday night, the authorities have ordered isolation for the students and teachers to prevent the spread of the disease.
It has been decided that in case of fresh infections, the patients will be kept in isolation, but no school will be declared shut.
The students of schools and colleges in Bangladesh returned to their classrooms on September 11 after a prolonged closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government had shut the educational institutions on March 17, 2020, after the country reported its first Covid-19 cases on March 8 and later the closure was extended several times.
The closure  affected about 38 million students though the government introduced TV-based learning programmes for them.

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