Another 33 individuals have examined positive for COVID-19 on the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras). With this, a complete of 104 individuals — 87 college students, 16 mess staff and a resident — have examined positive for the an infection, even because the Health Department and the Greater Chennai Corporation are within the technique of lifting 300-odd samples.
Sources within the Health Department mentioned preliminary investigation into the doable supply of an infection pointed to the frequent mess that was closed down two days in the past after a lot of instances had been reported. However, this being a pandemic, the division was not ruling out the potential of transmission attributable to the motion of individuals and assembly at frequent locations. The lack of sustaining bodily distancing within the mess could possibly be one of many causes.
Pointing to the necessity to preserve bodily distancing in locations of eating, an official mentioned that related clusters had occurred in a textile showroom in Tiruchi and in just a few marriages and funerals.
The institute got here below containment following a spike in COVID-19 instances in the previous couple of days. After reporting sporadic instances since December 1, the institute witnessed an increase within the variety of instances from December 11 following which the departments, centres, and the library had been shut.
Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan met the scholars who had been present process therapy on the Government COVID-19 Hospital, Guindy, and inspected the faculty and hostels on IIT Madras campus on Monday.
“After the spike in cases, we, in addition to contacts and those with symptoms, have gone for saturation tests. So far, out of the 449 persons tested, 104 are positive for COVID-19. All are in the mild category with two among nine hostels having more cases,” he mentioned.
He added that the X-ray and CT scan of all sufferers had been taken. So far, all are gentle and secure however below shut monitoring, he mentioned.
“The Health department is repeatedly focussing on three Cs — closed spaces, crowded spaces, and contacts. The Directorate of Public Health and City Health authority is studying the cause of this cluster. We are lifting 300-odd samples more and are likely to complete lifting of samples by Tuesday,” he mentioned. He added that the numbers are more likely to rise. “This is the best strategy. We need to isolate and treat positive persons so that the infection does not spread,” he mentioned.
The Health Secretary was accompanied by Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director of IIT Madras.