Kerala: Schools, colleges to remain closed in Kozhikode till September 16 due to Nipah outbreak

Story by  ANI | Posted by  Tripti Nath | Date 14-09-2023
Mobile Nipah testing lab from Pune arrives in kozhikode
Mobile Nipah testing lab from Pune arrives in kozhikode


Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)

In the wake of the Nipah virus outbreak in Kozhikode district, the District Collector declared holidays for all educational institutions including Anganwadis, Madrasas, tuition centres and professional colleges on September 16. This is in addition to the two-day holiday already declared for September 14 and September 15. 
Meanwhile, the schedule of the university and PSC exam schedules remain unchanged.
"All tuition centres and coaching centres in the district should not function on these days. Educational institutes can arrange online classes. These days should not be an occasion for celebrations. Avoid unnecessary travel and gatherings. Caution is prevention", said the Kozhikode DC A Geetha in her Facebook post.
Earlier, amid rising concerns over the return of the Nipah virus in Kerala, the state government strengthened measures to prevent the spread of the infection a day after two deaths from the same were confirmed in Kozhikode district.
Meanwhile, the total number of active cases of the infection has gone up to three with the confirmation of one more positive case of Nipah in Kozhikode on Wednesday.
Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that 13 people who are on the contact list are admitted to the medical college and their health condition is stable.
Addressing a  press conference on Wednesday, the Health Minister said, "So far, three samples have tested Nipah positive. We have started contact tracing. Of 706 contacts, 77 are in the high-risk category, 153 health workers are in the low-risk category," 
"Those who are in isolation can use the support of volunteers. Volunteers will be appointed by Panchayats. More rooms will be set up in hospitals for isolation," she said.
If necessary, the district collector can ban gatherings in Kozhikode district till September 25. The person who died due to Nipah on August 20 is the index case, said the Minister. 
A state-level control room has been opened in the office of the health directorate, and a State-level rapid response team held a meeting today, she added.