IIT Bhubaneswar joins list of premier institutes in Odisha to report COVID cases

Bhubaneswar: After premier educational institutions in Odisha like XIMB, Ravenshaw University and NIT Rourkela reported COVID-19 cases  leaving the administrations jittery, the Indian Institute Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar has become the latest to join the list.

Khordha Collector Sanat Kumar Mohanty today informed that 10 students of IIT Bhubaneswar have tested positive for the virus  so far. While eight student were found COVID-19 positive earlier, reports of two more students came out positive today.

All the infected students have been kept under isolation, he added.

“All 10 students are now in the isolation centre of the institute and are being taken care of. In view of the positive cases upon entry, the institute has postponed the arrival of next batch of students scheduled for April 4, 2021. The institute is not anticipating anymore cases in the quarantine centre and certainly not in the mainstream because of the strict observation of the COVID safety protocols and SOP,” the IIT Bhubaneswar said in a release.

However, the premier institution claimed itself as the COVID-free institute.

“Other than isolation and quarantine centre, the institute is free of COVID and everything has been functioning normally including the construction activity,” the release stated.

Besides, four more from the NIT, Rourkela have contracted the virus taking  the tally to seven.

A day after President Ram Nath Kovind visited the institute to address its convocation on March 21, a student of the premier institute tested positive for COVID-19. The first case in the institute was detected on March 10 and two more reported on March 15 and 22.

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