The number of Covid-19 cases in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras stands at 171 as of now with 26 more cases reported today, April 28 on campus. Classes have gone online. The government collected another 1,000 samples on Thursday, with an overall positive test rate of 2.5 percent. So far, a total of 6000 people have been tested.
Even as concerns arose over the past week over an increase in the number of cases, an outbreak of new cases at the leading technology institute was a cause for concern. The institute, which recently turned out to be a cluster, is expected to wind down in the coming days in terms of continued identification and isolation of fresh patients, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told DailyExpertNews News18.
The Health Secretary said the cluster monitoring goes beyond testing primary contacts and isolating them, to include tertiary contacts tracking. “The test positivity ratio is dropping, from levels as high as 4 percent,” the official said.
Radhakrishnan said the government is isolating patients within the facility. The government is deploying a range of containment strategies to prevent likely contacts of infected patients from passing them on to others.
Incidentally, IIT Madras was a cluster in the previous waves of the Coronavirus. The state government hopes with more containment and higher testing, to get the cluster at IIT Madras under control soon. The institute said in a statement earlier this week that it is ready to take on the challenge.
It said it has experience managing the pandemic from waves as of March 2020. This comes amid the institute’s researchers releasing a report stating that Covid-19 patients with mild or moderate conditions could be treated with indomethacin.
initial, the institute had reported three positive Covid cases on campus after which more samples were collected from students with mild symptoms. Thereafter, the toll rose to 12. On Tuesday, April 26, the Covid figure in the IIT Madras campus reached 111. Later, after 33 more tested positive on campus, the total number of cases rose to 145 within a day.
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