Coronavirus scare shuts Noida school after students father tests positive

Amid coronavirus scare at a school in Noida, the health authorities have said the building is being sanitised and blood samples of five families have been sent for examination.

The health authorities swung into action on Tuesday after they received reports that a school in Noida had asked parents to take their kids home since some children had attended a birthday party organised by the person who was on Monday tested positive for coronavirus.

Gautam Budh Nagar CMO Dr Anurag Bharghav said he reached the Noida school after the department received the reports. “The school building is being sanitised and blood tests of five families have been sent for examination,” the CMO said.

Bharghav said that the five families had attended the birthday party, which was hosted by the man who tested positive for coronavirus on Monday. Bharghav added that the man had found out that he was infected with coronavirus only after the birthday party.

The man, a 45-year-old resident of east Delhi, is the first person in the capital who has been tested positive for the virus that has infected more than 88,000 people across the globe and killed over 3,000.

The Delhi-based patient has a travel history from Italy, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. Italy is among the countries that have emerged as a major spawning ground for the novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the crew of an Air India February 25 Vienna-Delhi in which he returned home has been asked to stay in isolation at their homes for 14 days. It’s not yet clear if a similar advisory has been issued to the passengers.