IIT-BBS postpones arrival of next batch students as 10 test Covid positive
Bhubaneswar: Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar on Sunday postponed the arrival of the next batch of students scheduled for April 4 as 10 students, who had reached the campus, were found infected with coronavirus. IIT-Bhubaneswar, in a statement, said so far the campus had been Covid-free except for five cases in September 2020 and now some in the isolated quarantine centres.
It further said the students are being brought to the campus in phase-wise process and so far about 50 per cent of senior undergraduate and postgraduate students have arrived. The institution anticipated that a few of the incoming students from across the country may have been infected with Covid and made RT-PCR test and 15 days quarantine mandatory. During the period of quarantine, the health of the student is monitored and food is delivered in an isolated room.
The statement said not a single Covid case was reported among the first three batches of students. In the fourth batch which arrived during March 20-22, three students were found Covid positive. In addition, seven more students were found to be Covid positive at the quarantine centre mainly because of travelling and coming in contact with the first three students. All the 10 students are now in the isolation centre of the institution.