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Covid Cases Rise In IIT Madras, Tamil Nadu Orders Testing In All Colleges

Eight more students of IIT-Madras have tested positive for coronavirus, pushing the total cases at the premier engineering institute to 191. The latest cases emerged after 141 people were tested yesterday amid a  spurt in coronavirus cases at the institute this week.

Six students have tested positive for the virus at Anna University too.

Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said that the students are reported to be in stable condition.

IIT-Madras shut down its departments, centres, labs and the library earlier this week citing the spurt in coronavirus cases in hostels, according to an email to students that NDTV has accessed.

The Tamil Nadu government has intensified Covid testing on campuses and has ordered testing at all colleges and universities after IIT-Madras cases. Close to 1,000 IIT students and mess workers have been tested so far.

Authorities blame it on the  hostel mess. The IIT administration is now sending packed food to students at hostels. Other colleges and universities that have only one mess or dining hall too have been asked to give only take-aways to students in hostels.