Covid-19: 18 more students found coronavirus positive at IIT-Madras, tally reaches 30

Eighteen more students have been found coronavirus positive at IIT-Madras on Friday (April 22). These were in addition to the 12 students who had tested positive earlier, taking the total number of recent Covid-19 infections on campus to 30.

Covid-19: 18 more students found coronavirus positive at IIT-Madras, tally reaches 30
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Chennai: Eighteen more students have been found coronavirus positive at IIT-Madras on Friday (April 22). These were in addition to the 12 students who had tested positive earlier, taking the total number of recent Covid-19 infections on campus to 30.


All the positive cases were from hostels. The IIT Administration and the Health Department have intensified the cleanliness efforts in the IIT campus. The administration has also been asked to strengthen the precautionary measures.




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Tamil Nadu reported 39 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the caseload to 34,53,390. A medical bulletin said the number of deaths stood at 38,025 with zero fatalities being recorded in the last 24 hours.


Considering the rise in new cases, the government directed the health department to test around 25,000 samples per day from the current 18,000 cases. Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan visited the IIT-Madras campus on Thursday.


Chennai, which has been reporting below 20 cases in the last few days, accounts for the majority of the new coronavirus cases with 21 cases, followed by Chengalpet six, while Vellore and Thanjavur reported two cases respectively. One case each was reported in Kancheepuram, Nagapattinam, Namakkal, Tirupathur, Tiruvallur, Tiruvarur. The state capital leads the districts with a total of 7,51,356 cases.


Noting that adherence to COVID-19 norms in public places is declining, Radhakrishnan said that the state government has not yet announced the relaxation of restrictions. "Though some states have announced relaxation on wearing face masks in public places, Tamil Nadu (government) has not made any such announcement yet," he said.


Urging people not to dilute their safety measures, he said the daily cases in New Delhi increased till Wednesday and a similar situation could emerge in Tamil Nadu if people lax on following COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.


He said, "It has been decided by the health department to increase the total number of samples tested daily. Yesterday it was 16,000 (16,583), today it will be 18,000 (18,825). Directed to increase the total number of samples to 25,000."






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