All the classes of the Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya at Dibrugarh in Assam will remain closed till April 30 after the principal of the school tested positive for Covid-19.

He had reportedly returned from Mumbai recently.

The second wave of Covid-19 has been alarmingly increasing in Assam, with many positive cases being detected in the Dibrugarh district as well.

On the other hand, a 7th-semester student of the Dibrugarh University Institute of Engineering and Technology (DUIET) has also tested positive for the virus.

She had reportedly appeared in an examination on April 17.

The  Dibrugarh University has already postponed all PG exams, which are scheduled to be held on April 19 and 20.

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A total of 55 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Dibrugarh on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Dibrugarh district administration on Sunday issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the reopening of schools from Class VI to XII in view of the deteriorating situation.

After monitoring the situation for 15 days from Monday, the SOP will be updated.

Both pre-primary and primary classes in all government/ provincialized /private schools will remain closed till May 8.

According to the SOP, students of pre-primary and primary classes will be able to take online classes according to the academic calendar.

This SOP also stipulates a variety of general precautionary measures to be taken, as well as particular measures to be taken when schools allow students from grades VI to XII to attend classes.

Easy public health interventions to minimize the risk of the being infected are included in the generic preventive measures, which must be followed at all times by all teachers, staff and students.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com