As students return to college, there are more Covid cases in the north and clusters in Chennai colleges: Minister
On May 12 and 13, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian revealed that 80 percent of the 15,000 students at VIT University came from northern regions.
Tamil Nadu's state health minister announced today that COVID-19 clusters had been found in four institutions in the state capital, Chennai.
According to Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian, the clusters could be due to a large number of students returning to Chennai universities from northern states such as Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh, as well as neighbouring Kerala, where COVID-19 cases have been increasing every day.
Mr Subramanian added that on May 12 and 13, 80% of the 15,000 students at VIT University came from northern regions.
According to the minister, at least 118 students - all of whom are asymptomatic - have tested positive at VIT University. He added that 4,902 pupils had been checked at the institution and that 1,500 more would be tested.
"After the universities became aware of the situation, we quickly intervened. Universities have been asked to refrain from closing. In dining halls, social segregation is enforced "According to the minister.
Mr Subramanian stated that the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, or IIT-Madras, and Sathya Sai University, which had previously reported Covid cases, are now clear of new cases. According to the Health Minister, the situation at Anna University is also under control.
This morning, India reported 2,745 Covid cases.
The positivity rate, or the number of cases per 100 tests, has reached 6%, prompting Mumbai to issue a warning about an increase in Covid cases. The Mumbai municipal agency announced that testing would be ramped up on a "war footing."