Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SP)
Mangaluru, August 24: It has been reliably learned that around 600 students have tested positive for coronavirus infection after colleges reopened in Dakshina Kannada district. It is said that most of the students who contracted the disease are of Kerala origin.
The students had been tested for the infection a few weeks ago. Thereafter, physical classes began. As infections increased, 29 institutions in the district were declared containment zones.
Dr Ashok, Dakshina Kannada district nodal officer for covid19, said most colleges that have not strictly followed Covid rules in exams and physical classes have received notices. He said most of the students who sat for exams in recent weeks were infected as some of the institutions failed to follow precautionary measures.
The infected students are in quarantine in their hostels, apartments and covid health centers. The health department said 620 students have tested positive and a few colleges have been asked to stop teaching physical classes.
It is learned that people with medical training are deployed to supervise students in the homes and that many of those who were in primary contact with those infected have not yet undergone quarantine. Students who should have been in quarantine mingle with other students and people in other hostels. Complaints have been filed against educational institutions that said students who should have been quarantined have left for their homes, we learn.
In some cases, quarantined students were served in the same room as others, and they were kept in the same wing. Institutions that failed to meet the standards will face cases, Dr Ashok said.
Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner Dr Rajendra KV when meeting with officials said the negligence of the college leadership was apparent and warned that the first briefing reports would be recorded if the principals failed to manage properly quarantined students.