Gangtok: Amid a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Sikkim, capital Gangtok’s prestigious school Tashi Namgyal Academy (TNA) is allegedly turning into a new hotspot for the novel coronavirus.

While sources in the state health department said as many as 31 cases have been reported from the state, TNA management said the figure stands at 14 positive cases as on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, over a hundred students and faculty members were tested for COVID-19. All of them will undergo a second-tier of testing before being confirmed for the coronavirus.

TNA was declared a containment zone on April 2 after one boarding student on the school’s premises tested positive for COVID-19.

TNA Principal George Jacob told EastMojo that the school has officially recorded 14 COVID-19 positive cases so far.

“We are certain of having 14 COVID-19 positive people in our hostel, which has now been converted into a quarantine centre. Among those, the hostel warden has tested positive. All the positive students are housed in the hostel and are being provided utmost care,” he said.

Despite disputed claims about at least four faculty members of the school having tested positive, Principal Jacod said the spread of new cases in the hostel has been contained for now, and insisted that only one faculty (the hostel’s warden) has tested positive so far.

Sources could not confirm if the virus spreading in the school is the second strain of COVID-19, claiming that there is no mechanism in place in Sikkim to identify it. Sources added that such cases need to be sent to Pune in Maharashtra to confirm.

On Tuesday, Sikkim recorded the highest single-day spike in the number of COVID-19 cases this year, with all the 23 being reported from East Sikkim.

Also read: COVID-19: Despite spike in cases, tourists allowed to enter Sikkim without RT-PCR certificate

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