UPE reports cases of coronavirus in schools

Updated 03:08 PM
Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Union for Professional Workers – Voice of the Workers (UPE) has reported four coronavirus cases in two different schools on Sunday.

In three separate Facebook posts, the union said that it has been a grade 2 student has tested positive for coronavirus at Chiswick House School while in a separate post the union said that the head of the Sacred Heart junior school has tested positive for coronavirus.

Later on Sunday afternoon, the union reported another case of a staff member testing positive within the community of Our Lady Immaculate School, Ħamrun.

In the case of Sacred Heart, the union said that it was informed that apparently the director, the assistant head of junior school have been asked to quarantine.

According to the union, the possible affected areas have been fumigated in preparation to safely welcome their students on Monday.

Newsbook.com.mt has seen a letter which was sent to parents and legal guardians whose children attend the school informing them that them that the Public Health Contact Tracing department has already been in touch with the individuals identified in the contact tracing process. Staff members who have been significantly close to the staff member have started mandatory quarantine.

“We are also carrying out fumigation of the affected parts of the College premises today in order to ensure that the College is ready to welcome your daughters back to school tomorrow morning,” the letter reads.

The school is certified to be in full compliance with the guidelines issued by the Superintendence of Public Health.

“We are well aware that contagion of COVID-19 is a national phenomenon and that therefore it is possible, as in this case, that individuals within our College community might be affected in person by the pandemic.”

The school said that all necessary precautions are being taken and that health and safety of every member in the school’s priority remains their priority.

UPE initially reported two cases of coronavirus at Chiswick House School that of a teacher and a grade 2 student, however, it was later corrected to just the grade 2 student testing positive.

This was also confirmed by the school with Newsbook.com.mt.

“The union was also notified that the class and outdoor areas are to be fumigated, the teacher and the student are to stay in quarantine and lessons for the rest of the class will take place online,” the union report.

506 active coronavirus cases were reported between Monday 5 and Sunday 11 October by the health authorities, with 95 cases being reported only on Sunday.

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