Bandipur Rural Municipality-based Bhanu Secondary School was closed for a week after teachers and students tested positive for COVID-19 at the rural municipality in Tanahun.

As many as two teachers and seven students of the school have been infected with the deadly virus. According to the school administration, the teachers and the students tested positive for antigens. They had flu and fever like symptoms.

Head teacher Rishi Ram Dhakal said that the school administration had decided to close the school for a week after teachers and students tested positive for COVID-19. He said that the decision was taken as a preventive measure to stem the virus spread.

Bandipur Rural Municipality Health Department Chief Anjir Bhattarai said that the school was closed for a week as the teachers and students were infected with the deadly contagion.

The school administration urged all the students, teachers and parents to strictly adhere to COVID safety protocols to stop the virus from further spreading.

According to the rural municipality, all the safety measures have to be adopted to protect domestic and international tourists from getting infected. As of now, there are 21 active cases in Tanahun, according to the health office. But it is likely that the number of cases might up in the coming days.

A version of this article appears in the print on December 19, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.