Chennai, Jan 12 (BPNS)
After 58 students of Rajah Muthiah Medical College at Annamalai university campus tested Covid -19 positive, the campus has turned into a cluster. According to information available, 22 boys and 33 girls of three hostels of the college were tested positive. The students, according to state health department are admitted to the Rajah Muthiah Medical College hospital and the college campus has turned into a containment zone.
The health department officials said that the Annamalai university conducted a test as a precautionary measure on Monday and all the 58 students tested turned positive. On Tuesday 500 samples were tested and results are being awaited.
The first-year MBBS students who were tested negative were asked by the College to vacate the campus and the University in a circular issued on Wednesday said that the college will resume classes only on January 23rd. The students are also directed to immediately vacate their hostel rooms.
In a related development students of IIT Madras also tested Covid -19 positive. 17 students and other staff and administrative members of the premier institution are tested positive. Tamil Nadu health department officials said that 58 people including 17 students were tested positive at IIT Madras and that they are sent to government institutional quarantine/ home quarantine as advised by the government testing facility. The family members of those tested positive are placed under home quarantine.
IIT Madras said that it had informed all students who had reached the college campus after January 1 were told that they would be allowed inside classrooms and laboratories after they quarantine themselves for a week or produce Covid-19 negative test results.