Coronavirus: CBSE allows Board examinees to carry face masks and sanitizers.
As India recorded its biggest jump in coronavirus cases today, Central Board of Secondary Education has allowed the students to carry face masks and sanitisers at exam centres. The Board has also asked the schools to take initiatives to teach children public health measures to prevent spread of Novel Coronavirus disease.
"CBSE is receiving several inquiries from students and parents in view of the ongoing issue related to Corona Virus, with regards to permitting Face Masks and Sanitizers at Examination Centres. In view of the inquiries received it is clarified that Face Mask and Sanitizers may be carried by students, if they so desire, in the examination centres," the Board said in a statement.
Over 30 lakh students are appearing for both Class 10 and Class 12 annual examinations being conducted across India and abroad. The Board examinations began on February 15 and will be concluded on March 30.
"Creating awareness among school children about preventive interventions such as frequent hand wash, respiratory etiquettes (using handkerchief over mouth while coughing/ sneezing, use of tissue paper or using the sleeve of shirt covering upper arm, staying away from school when sick, avoiding public gathering etc) will help in preventing/ reducing transmission of not only this disease, but also large number of other communicable diseases, notably flu like illness. Further, such informed children can be agents of change for their family, community and beyond," the Board said in a separate statement.
India recorded its biggest jump in coronavirus cases today after 15 of 23 Italian tourists – who came to Delhi last month – and one Indian, who was travelling with them, tested positive for the illness.
Twenty-eight fresh coronavirus cases have been reported in the country in last three days, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said today, adding that six of these patients are family members of a 45-year-old Delhi man, who tested positive on Monday.
Coronavirus outbreak originated in China's Wuhan city in December and has spread to over 60 countries since then, killing more than 3,000 and infecting over 90,000 across the world.
Meanwhile, three schools in the national capital and adjoining areas have announced holiday for students and staff as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of coronavirus, while two schools advanced their spring break and others sent out advisories to parents.
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