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Maharashtra Coronavirus update: The student was appearing for the 2020 SSC board exams along with 36 others

Wednesday March 25, 2020 6:52 AM, ummdic.com News Network

Class 10 Student Coronavirus Positive

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Mumbai: A 15-year-old student of Class 10 (SSC, Metric) has been tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Mumbai, Maharashtra, a media report said.

The student was appearing for the 2020 SSC board exams along with 36 others at an exam centre in South Mumbai, India Today said in a report.

The student's father was infected by Coronavirus after he returned to Mumbai from Delhi on March12. He developed Coronavirus symptoms on March 20 and tested positive on the next day.

Maharshtra is the worst affected Indian state with 107 Coronavirus positive cases and 04 of the total 11 Covid-19 deaths in India. Majority of the Coronavirus positive cases are reported from Mumbai and Pune.

The Maharashtra board was initially reluctant to postpone the SSC board exams in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak as only few papers were left. Amidst the lockdown in the state, students appeared for the exams weaing masks.

The board however postponed the last paper of the Class 10 board exam 2020 to be held on Monday March 24 late evening Sunday, moment after CM Uddhav Thackeray announced curfew in the entire state.

Meanwhile, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on Tuesday identified all the 36 students who appeared for the SSC exam with the infected student and sent their swab samples for testing.

Maharashtra student's coronavirus infection is the latest case of children also being at the risk of SARS-CoV2 (Covid-19).

There was a debate on children getting infected with Covid-19. Many researchers, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, had claimed that children are safe from novel Coronavirus as most of the deaths were of the people in the age group of 50-70.

Their claim was however disputed when a 12-year-old girl in Atlanta, the United States was tested positive for the Coronavirus. The girl, Emma, has not travelled recently and had no pre-existing conditions.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) had earlier said everyone, irrespective of one's age and gender, is at risk of the deadly virus which has taken more than 18,200 lives and infected over 400,000 people worldover.

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