covid: Karnataka: 66 medicos in Dharwad test Covid positive, 2 hostels sealed | Hubballi News – Times of India


HUBBALLI: Dharwad district which was reporting daily fresh Covid-19 cases in lower single digits for three months saw a frightening surge in infections on Thursday with 66 fully vaccinated students of a medical college testing positive for coronavirus in the past 48 hours.
The infected students of SDM College of Medical Sciences, Sattur, Dharwad, have been isolated and quarantined in the college hostel. The two hostels on the campus where they were staying have been barricaded. Offline classes have been suspended.
First major Covid cluster after reopening of colleges
Sources said this is the first major Covid cluster outbreak after colleges and schools were reopened in Karnataka for in-class learning a couple of months ago.
Principal Dr Ratnamala Desai told TOI that two students developed fever and were admitted to hospital after attending a college event on November 17. On Monday, they tested positive for Covid. “Immediately, we tested nearly 300 students who participated in the event and 64 of them tested positive on Wednesday, taking the total to 66.”
Most of the infected students are from the third year. “Since the infected persons have shown very mild symptoms, we’ve quarantined them in our hostels,” she said, adding there have been no reports of any student travel history as exams are round the corner. The district administration cordoned off the college area and posted cops to ensure nobody enters or exits the campus. At least 100 more students who were primary contacts have given their samples for test.
District health officer Yashvanth Madinkar said: “We’re conducting about 2,500 tests in the district a day and the positivity rate has remained below 1%. On Thursday, it shot past 2%.”
Deputy commissioner Nitesh Patil, who visited the college and held discussions with the administration, told TOI that he has directed the health department to test all 3,000-plus employees of the college and hospital.
(With inputs from Gururaj Jamkhandi)

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