Covid cases increase in Leh, schools closed for 15 days


Chief Medical Officer and Director of Education Leh have been ordered to ensure that students leaving boarding schools or homes for their homes are compulsorily screened for the RT-PCR test. “Students are to undergo a home quarantine with their family members for seven days, regardless of their results,” the order said, adding that “any violation of the instructions will call for strict action under the relevant articles of the 2005 DM law “. Relevantly, following the notification of a cluster of positive Covid-19 cases from the Druk Padma Karpo school, the Shey region was declared a notified containment zone to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Union Territory of Ladakh reported 71 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, the largest single-day increase in the past two months, bringing the total number of infections to 20,702, have officials said.

According to the media bulletin published by the Directorate of Health Services of UT Ladakh, seventy-one reports of positive samples from Covid-19 have been received, including 70 from Leh while one positive sample report from Covid- 19 was from Kargil. The majority of the new cases were detected at Druk Padma Karpo Shey School, prompting District Development Commissioner (Leh) Shrikant Balasaheb Suse to notify the school campus as a containment zone to stop the spread of the infection, officials said.

The bulletin further mentioned that UT Ladakh had released 3 patients yesterday. Two patients from Leh were released by CMO Leh and one from Kargil was released by CMO Kargil. With this, the total number of active Covid-19 cases in UT Ladakh has increased to 109; 106 in Leh and 3 in Kargil district. Ladakh has recorded 207 Covid-related deaths – 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil – since the start of the pandemic last year.

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