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IIT-M corona outbreak sets alarm bells ringing

The 183 Covid-19 positive case in a matter of fortnight at IIT Madras (IITM) set the alarm bells ringing across the residential educational campuses in India, and Gujarat is no exception. Several premier educational institutes – ranging from IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A) to IIT Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) – are residential in nature due to demand of the course design.

While some institutes have waited for the government directives to re-open the campuses, several are up and running with limited capacity.

IIM-A Covid-19 dashboard points at 108 positive cases since September 1. Out of the total, 97 have recovered till December 17, mentioned the dashboard.

In an email response, IIM-A officials said that the institute has allowed students with genuine reasoning to come to the campus. They added that the students undergo medical examination upon arrival and within a week, undergo rapid antigen test (RAT). ‘Two resident medical officers are proactively helping the community members… We have created two classrooms with oxygen cylinders and other accessories to help any community member needing such help,’ mentioned the response.