Updated: December 16, 2020 4:05:04 pm
At least eight residents of Chennai’s Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. number of infected on campus at 191. Meanwhile. six students also tested positive at Anna University’s College of Engineering on the Guindy campus. The institute decided to conduct the tests after two students residing on campus complained of fever.
Speaking to reporters after inspecting the IIT campus, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr. J Radhakrishnan said: “We’ve been saying this over and over again, not wearing masks could increase your risk of getting infected with the virus. While we eat we have to remove the masks and therefore we have to make sure we keep social distances. A few small mistakes will cause great danger. As I said yesterday, we will initiate the action of the management that is missing to implement these things. “
The health secretary also asked the students not to panic. “Packaged food is provided to students inside the hostels. Today we interacted with the students, we have to trust them. In addition, we have ordered to conduct tests on people working on construction sites, we will start a bus stop campaign, bus conductors and drivers are not following safety measures. People must avoid congregating in large numbers in wedding halls, at funerals. The vaccine is sure to arrive and we will bring the disease to a halt gradually, “he said.
Radhakrishnan was accompanied by Adyar Zonal officer Thiru Murugan, Dr. Jagatheesan, and other Corporation officials. The case cluster in IIT-Madras prompted the government to instruct officials to monitor other colleges and universities across the state.
S Iniyan, Dean, College of Engineering, Guindy campus said all six students who tested positive are asymptomatic. “Yesterday 500 samples were taken and today another 200 will be taken. The students who tested positive for Covid-19 showed no symptoms. We hope they recover soon. There is no compulsion for students at all (for physical presence in the classroom). If they wish to attend classes online, they can do so. We are not receiving any presence. We are following all the security precautions issued by the government, “he said.
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