16-Year Old Dubai Student From An Indian School Tests Positive For Covid-19

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
16-Year Old Dubai Student From An Indian School Tests Positive For Covid-19

This is spreading like fire, isn’t it? A 16-year old student and family are the latest victims of coronavirus. Dubai Health Authority tweeted the new yesterday. The student, goes to an Indian school in Dubai and contracted the virus from his parents who travelled overseas.

The DHA is now conducting tests on all staff members and students who may have interacted with the patients. The parent developed symptoms five days after returning to Dubai. Both the student and family members have been quarantined in hospital and are stable and recovering well. All other family members have also been quarantined.

Meanwhile the school is being sanitized and DHA is also taking stringent precautionary measures to curb the rapid spread of the virus.

In addition, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority has issued instructions for classes in the school to be suspended. The school is being sanitised as per international best practices in preventive measures against the coronavirus.

The UAE Ministry of Education announced late last night that both public and private schools, colleges and universities will be closed from 8 March. Schools and colleges will start their spring break early this year, due to the increasing threat of the coronavirus. The spring break which was scheduled to begin from March 29 until April 12, will now begin early on.

What Else?

The Ministry also stressed that the decision comes as a pro-active measure in safe guarding the students. During the four week break, schools, colleges and universities will undergo a sterilisation programme. As part of the program, schools will conduct disinfection and clean-up of premises, amenities within the campus and school buses.

Besides, the ministry has also announced a distance learning initiative, ensuring learning continues at home. Schools will continue to enable teaching through tools such as Google Classroom, ClassDojo and Seesaw. During this period, parents are requested to provide a conducive learning environment, by enabling access to internet, gadgets for remote education, and encourage students to make use of the time, so they can complete tutorials.

Government schools will also run a home teaching programme called ‘Learn from Afar’ from March 22 to April 5.