December 15, 2020
Seventy nine more residents of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the number of infected on the campus to 183. The affected residents are said to be stable and are being monitored.
The government has now instructed officials to keep a tab on other colleges and universities in the state. Covid testing has began in colleges across Tamil Nadu.
A second round of testing is to done on the IIT Madras campus after 10 days in what is said to be ‘100 per cent saturation approach’. Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan suspects the crowd at the mess to be the source of the infection.
Students at the neighbouring Anna University hostels are also undergoing testing after one student got fever. S Iniyan, Dean of College of Engineering, Guindy, said that as many as 400 students will be tested in the first phase.