New Delhi: Within 5 days of resumption of normal classes, eighty-four schools in five blocks of Pauri District in Garhwal Division of Uttarakhand have been closed after 80 teachers test positive for the novel coronavirus. Schools in the state were re-opened on November 2, in line with the Centre’s guidelines. Also Read - SA vs ENG Dream11 Team Hints and Prediction T20I Series: Captain, Vice-Captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's South Africa vs England 2020, 1st T20I Match at Newlands, Cape Town 9.30 PM IST November 27 Friday

The teachers, working in schools of Khirsu, Pauri, Kot, Pabo and Kaljikhal blocks of Pauri district were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020 Live Cricket Score, 1st ODI, Sydney Cricket Ground: Smith Solid For Australia Despite Quick Wickets

Speaking to ANI, State Health Secretary Amit Negi hat the District Magistrates of all the 13 districts of the state have been instructed to get COVID-19 test done for the teachers posted in schools, adding that the Education Department has also issued standard operating procedure (SoP) in this regard. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut’s Reaction After Bombay HC Quashes BMC Demolition Notice: Thanks to Those Who Laughed at My Broken Dreams

The Health Secretary further cautioned the people against surge in coronavirus cases and said it is likely to spread further during the winter season.

Earlier in Andhra Pradesh, at least 262 students and about 160 teachers tested positive for the deadly virus, three days after educational institutes were reopened for class 9 and 10 students.

Commissioner of School Education V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said the figure is not alarming when compared to the number of students attending the schools, though every care is being taken to ensure COVID-19 safety protocols are in place in every institution.