Tribune press service
Patiala, December 31
With 42 new cases of corona on Friday, the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology has already become a cluster of Covid-19.
The institute has reported around 57 cases in the past three days.
Patiala’s health department informed that all cases were reported to Hostel J, one of the hostels on campus.
Following the detection of cases, Auberge J du Thapar has already been declared a containment zone.
Notably, the Thapar Institute in March this year had also become a hot spot with more than 70 cases, during the second wave.
Meanwhile, chaotic scenes were seen inside the campus as hundreds of students, without a corona test, were said to leave the institute.
The panicked parents gathered in front of the homes to bring their wards home. Asked about it, Patiala’s deputy commissioner Sandeep Hans said: “Health teams have carried out Covid tests there. Only students – who tested negative for Covid – were allowed to leave campus. “
The Health Department informed them they would be doing more testing on campus to further stem the spread.
District epidemiologist Dr Sumeet Singh said they performed more than 300 tests at Hostel J.
He said the positive students were isolated while others were allowed to leave.
“In addition to travel from different parts of the country, students residing in the immediate vicinity of hostels could be a possible cause of the epidemic. However, the situation will soon be under control.
Sources said that many students from other homes had informed that there were many symptomatic students, however, the health department has yet to carry out the tests in other homes.
Meanwhile, the health department has already sent samples from positive students to Government Medical College’s genome sequencing lab, Patiala, to determine the new strain.