Educational institutions in the area have resumed regular classes starting Monday, following the absence of new Nipah virus cases reported since September 16. All local schools had been closed since September 14, with online classes being conducted after the virus outbreak was declared in the state on September 12.
The district administration has advised students to wear masks and carry hand sanitizers when attending their educational institutions. Online classes continue for students in areas still designated as containment zones.
Children in the classes expressed happiness and relief at the improving situation, allowing them to return to school. So far, six individuals have been confirmed to have contracted the virus, resulting in two fatalities. The first person who died on August 30 was identified as the index case, from whom others contracted the infection.
As of September 24, there were 915 individuals under observation, none of whom were considered high-risk, according to the district administration. A total of 377 samples had been tested, with 363 yielding negative results, as reported by District Collector A Geetha in a Facebook post.
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