PARBAT, Sept 26: Two schools in Pakuwa Silsi of Kushma Municipality-11 have been closed after students started falling sick.
The students of local Biswajyoti Technical and Vocational Secondary School and Raniswanra Primary School were complaining of fever, common cold, headache, and vomiting for a week, prompting the school managements to stop classes, said Bishwajyoti's Principal Ganesh Timilsina.
Initially, the students of grade 7 reported health complications and the same symptoms were seen among students of other classes gradually. The pupils have not recovered over a week and the number of students falling ill is increasing. Following this, the two schools have been closed for an indefinite period.
Most students in the Raniswanra area of the then Pakuwa ward no 3 have taken ill. Some 50 students in the area are ill and preparations are underway to call a health squad for a mass PCR test. They have sought medical help from the local health post as well.
Schools in Parbat, a district in Gandaki Province, began physical classes on September 17. However, the COVID-19 infection rate in the district seems low as it reports seven active cases while 75 have died of the virus so far.