MIT Campus declared as Containment Zone after 59 test Covid-19 positive
A fresh round of COVID 19 tests will be conducted on students in the campus.
Udupi: The Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) campus, where Engineering college is located, has been declared as a containment zone after 59 positive cases were reported in the campus since the past few days, wherein, 25 cases on came to the fore on Tuesday, while 27 cases on Wednesday.
Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesha confirmed the administrative decision. The areas coming under the MIT campus were cordoned off and the movement of students in hostels and others residing in the campus will be restricted for next two weeks. A fresh round of COVID-19 tests will be conducted on students in the campus.
District officials said that the restrictions are currently limited to the MIT campus in Manipal and do not cover other areas of the town, which includes the Kasturba Medical College (KMC) campus.
Narayana Sabhahit, Registrar of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) said that "The academic area will be excluded but the hostel areas will be a containment zone. Students in the hostel will be asked to restrict their movement. We will continue online classes but laboratory classes are postponed. If there are any examinations in the next two weeks, they will be postponed."
The administration in MIT, which is a part of MAHE, also sent messages to its staff and students stating that classes will be held online for the next two weeks. Students in few other colleges affiliated to MAHE also confirmed that they will be having online classes for the next two weeks.
Udupi district officials said that they were collecting details about the number of COVID-19 cases reported in the MAHE campus before discussing further measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. A large number of students studying in colleges under MAHE also stay outside the campus in apartments.
The state has reported a surge in cases in the last two weeks and travellers from Maharashtra and Kerala have been mandated to carry negative COVID-19 test certificates.