IIT-Roorkee emerges as the latest outbreak of COVID-19 with 90 students testing positive

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In a large development, a total of 90 students have tested positive for COVID-19 at IIT Roorkee in the past few days, said Sonika Srivastava, head of the IIT Roorkee media cell. India is already facing a new wave of COVID-19 infections in the country.

The Haridwar District Administration on Wednesday declared five hostels at IIT Roorkee as containment zones. The IIT Roorkee administration has ordered students to self-isolate in their rooms and has turned one of its hostels into a COVID-19 care center, the head of the media cell of the city said. institute, Sonika Srivastava.

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“These students have been kept under observation,” said Sonika Srivastava. Five hostels were sealed. However, the institute’s online courses were not disrupted, she added. Srivastava has made it clear that the institute strictly adheres to all state government COVID-19 guidelines.

“The institute has around three thousand students, of which around 1,200 students live in these five hostels. Currently all students are treated in hostels. The students who were about to come to the IIT, were arrested until the next orders. All students present at the scene were urged to take precautions, ”said Sonika Srivastava.

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Three buildings on its campus, including Katley Bhawan, Sarojini Bhawan and Kasturba Hostel, have been declared containment areas, control room officials said.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand reported 787 new COVID-19 positive cases on Thursday, bringing the cumulative tally to 1.05,498. Dehradun, Haridwar and Nainital are the most affected districts.

Earlier Monday, IIT’s Jodhpur campus reported 70 cases, including 54 students, prompting district health officials to seal the premises after declaring it a containment area.

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The Ahmedabad campus of the Indian Institute of Management and the IIT Jodhpur campus have also been sealed after recording several cases of COVID-19 in recent days.

(With contributions from the Agency)

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