Vijayawada: As many as 829 teachers and 575 students tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh after the reopening of government high schools on November 2.
Classes resumed for ninth and 10th and second year Intermediate students three days ago, adhering to COVID-19 norms.
According to the data provided by the School Education Department, a total of 70,790 out of the total 1.89 lakh government teachers were tested for Covid-19. Of them, 1.17 per cent — 829 — teachers tested positive for the virus.
While the highest number of 172 teachers tested positive in East Godavari, followed by 141 in Srikakulam.
No teacher from Krishna tested positive for the virus. The reason for this is that only 26 teachers were tested for COVID-19 in the district while the number of tests conducted in other districts was in hundreds.
With respect to students, around 95,763 were tested for the virus and of them, 575 turned out to be positive. This comes to 0.60 per cent.
School Education Commissioner V Chinna Veerabhadrudu, however, maintained that the figures are not alarming.
“About four lakh students are attending school across the State everyday. This means that the number of students who tested positive is not even 1 per cent of the total students attending classes. With respect to teachers also, as on Wednesday, 99,000 teachers, out of the total 1.11 lakh, attended schools and only 829 have tested positive,” he explained.