Anna University hostel sealed as Covid-19 cases reach 11

Tamil Nadu Department of Health is monitoring rising Covid-19 cases at Anna University campus in Guindy, Chennai. At last count, the number of infected patients had risen to 11.

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), meanwhile, has increased contact testing and isolated suspected patients in recent days to prevent the spread of the disease. So far, up to 140 samples from students and staff have been tested.

Officials said those who tested positive were from a hostel attached to the School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Two days ago, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan and other officials visited campus to provide an update on the situation.

Talk to indianexpress.com, a health official attached to the Adyar area of ​​the society said that all students who tested positive were symptomatic. “All the students had some sort of discomfort, a few had fever and headaches. We isolated nine students (five girls and four boys) on the second floor of the department’s foyer. Two boarders, at the request of their parents, have been sent home, have used private transport to get to their homes and are under constant surveillance by health officials.

“Those who were in close contact with the positive cases have been isolated on the third floor of the hostel. We are strictly monitoring the hostel, no one is allowed to enter. Food and necessary services are provided by members of our staff. They (students) are taking online courses,” the official added.

The first case at the university was detected after a student, who was part of a cultural event held last week, became symptomatic and was tested. His samples came back positive the next day and college authorities immediately alerted the company, after which other people who were part of the event were tested.

“The cultural event started on May 20 and was supposed to last three days. However, following the outbreak, authorities canceled the event after the first day. The rest of the students who had returned to their hometown after attending the event are also being monitored and they are asked to report immediately if they experience symptoms of Covid-19. “, added the head of the company.

In the past 24 hours, Tamil Nadu recorded 56 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the caseload to 34,55,040. With zero deaths, the toll remains at 38,025. A total of 39 patients were discharged on Wednesday; there are 371 active cases statewide.

Linda G. Ibarra