Jodhpur: As many as 70 people including student and staff members at Rajasthan’s IIT Jodhpur campus have tested positive for covid-19 since last week. The students who have contracted the virus are mostly from Gujarat and Odisha. They had returned to the institute to attend the mandatory laboratory sessions after attending online classes in their homes since last year.
The students are currently practicing isolation in one of the hostels on the IIT campus, an IIT spokesperson said, while adding that covid appropriate behaviour is being maintained in the campus.
“Around March 11, some persons infected with COVID-19 had come here. They were from tribal villages Chandigarh, Gujarat and Jaipur. Then the cases started increasing,” P Singh Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO) said.
“Now almost 65-70 people have tested positive so far at Rajasthan”s IIT Jodhpur. Of which 55-60 cases are active. There is no serious case. Block G3 on campus declared a micro-containment zone. Most of the positive students came from their houses in Chandigarh, Gujarat and Jaipur,” he said.
Currently, contact tracing is being carried out in the campus. Two hostel buildings have been reserved for keeping the students and staff, both academic and non academic.
On Sunday, Rajasthan had logged in 1,729 cases, taking the infection count to 3,39,325. So far, 2,829 people have died from the infection in the state.