Rise in Coronavirus outbreak in Indian educational institutions
The G 3 block of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur has been declared a containment zone as 25 students of the institute have tested positive for Coronavirus. According to reports, the Covid-infected students have been taken to a super isolation centre.
Meanwhile, authorities have turned a hostel block of Andhra University (AU) Engineering College, Visakhapatnam into an isolation ward after 102 students have tested positive for novel Coronavirus. Primary contacts of these patients are being traced and their samples are being tested for the virus to contain further spread.
Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district continued to report a high number of fresh COVID-19 cases as 24 students of a private agriculture college tested positive for Coronavirus. Although the college was not conducting in-person classes for students, practical examinations were being held in-person, which allegedly led to the spread of the virus. Several schools and colleges across India have emerged as Covid clusters since they reopened. As cases rise, many states have once again shut down education institutes.
Last month, 300 school students tested positive for Covid-19 in two districts of Maharashtra, 229 of these in a single hostel at Washim. In Telangana, around 100 students across seven schools tested positive over two days in March, while in Haryana, 54 students of a Karnal school were diagnosed with Covid-19, also this month.
Many schools across the country have appeared as Covid-19 clusters since they reopened after the shutdown, with a similar trend reported from colleges too. Altogether, at least 1,000 Covid cases have been detected among schools and colleges in seven states. In fact, many states — including Tamil Nadu, Chhatisgarh, Telangana, Haryana and Punjab — have once again shut down schools and/or colleges.