Twenty-nine new COVID-19 cases reported at IIT Jodhpur
Twenty-nine people, including 25 students, tested positive for COVID-19 at IIT Jodhpur, taking the total number of coronavirus cases on campus to 225, authorities said. The report for the new 29 cases at the institute came out on Monday after a massive campaign was put in place to test every campus resident, said Amardeep Sharma, spokesperson and deputy registrar of the institute.
All activities have been moved online: Spokesperson
The fresh sample tests were conducted on May 7 at IIT Jodhpur considering the surge in COVID-19 cases in the city of Jodhpur. Talking about the studies and curriculum, Sharma said the last semester of the trimester ended on May 7, and the activities were now taking place online as all the courses have been completed.
Students had come back on campus for practical sessions
With the arrival of students on campus for practical sessions in April, the infection started to spread on campus "Since practical sessions were essential, we started calling students, with adherence to the guidelines by the Ministry of Education," Sharma said. "Fortunately, none of these infected cases bordered a serious condition and all those who had tested positive earlier, have recovered," he added.
College administration is taking adequate measures to curb the spread
"Generally, students start leaving for their homes after the semester examinations but given the lockdown in different states, it would not be possible for them to leave now," Sharma said. The IIT administration, however, has put in place adequate arrangements given the spike in cases, and isolation and super-isolation centers have been set up on campus.
Jodhpur's COVID-19 tally is about to touch one lakh mark
"We take samples of every student or staff coming to the college and keep him or her in the isolation center until the report is obtained. If tested positive, they are shifted to the super isolation center for recovery," said Sharma. In the last 24 hours, Jodhpur reported 1,915 new cases taking the total to 99,738.