New Delhi: The Ministry of Human Resource Development on Wednesday issued an advisory all schools, the CBSE and Chief Secretaries of states to spread awareness among students on the preventive and protective measures against the novel coronavirus epidemic. Also Read - Kiren Rijiju Announces Rs 5 Lakh Each For Bereaved Families of Hockey Stars

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The advisory by the HRD Ministry noted that although the central government is taking all the necessary steps to contain the spread of the viral disease, creating awareness amongst the general public is extremely important. Also Read - COVID Tally: India Reports 3.62 Lakh Fresh Cases, 4,120 Deaths in Past 24 Hours

It has asked all schools to take definitive actions to create awareness about the symptoms of the disease after several cases have been reported recently in various parts of the country.

Here are the key points for preventive measures under the MHRD advisory:

1. Create awareness of the importance of interventions like “frequent hand wash” and “respiratory etiquettes” like using handkerchief over mouth while coughing or sneezing.

2. Students must use a tissue paper or sleeve of a shirt in the absence of a handkerchief.

3. Students must stay away from school if and when sick, avoid public gatherings, social meetings to prevent any communicable diseases including flu, not only coronavirus, from spreading.

4. Informed students can then convey these pointers and be agents of change for their “family, community and beyond”.

Taking these into consideration, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to allow students to carry masks, hand sanitiser during ongoing class 10 and 12 board exams, said CBSE secretary.

At least 28 cases have been confirmed positive of coronavirus in India, including the three in Kerala who have been discharged after they got cured. Earlier today, panic struck in Hyderabad’s Hi-Tech city after a techie reportedly tested positive of the viral infection.

Meanwhile, all passengers onboard international flights arriving in India are being thoroughly screened for the novel virus.