Hyderabad: Around 42 students and a teacher at Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Telangana Backward Classes Welfare Residential school at Muthangi village in Sangareddy district have tested positive for Covid-19.
Since the reopening of residential schools in the state last month, this is the first time that such a large number of students were found positive.
The infected students are kept in isolation at the hostel in the school premises and they are all stable.
At the government-run residential school, the school authorities decided to conduct tests on all students when a student had fallen ill three days ago and had shown symptoms of COVID-19.
Of the total 491 students in the school, samples of 261 were tested for the virus of which 42 turned positive on Sunday. The samples of the remaining students were taken on Monday. All the 27 teachers and staff members were screened and one teacher was found positive. The samples of the students who tested positive were sent to Hyderabad for genome sequencing.
Recently, around 25 students and five staff members of Mahindra University located at Bahadurpally in Medchal district on the outskirts of the city had tested positive for Covid-19. They are in home isolation. All those who tested positive were fully vaccinated.
Earlier, 29 students of a government-run residential school and junior college for girls in Wyra town in Khammam district had tested positive for Covid-19. The school authorities conducted tests for all 550 students after a couple of students showed suspected symptoms.