Odisha: 22 VIMSAR students test COVID +ve days after college function

Sambalpur: As many as 22 students of the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla in Odisha’s Sambalpur district tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, days after a college function.

As per reports, UTKARSH-2021, annual function of the medical college, was held on November 13 and 14. While hundreds of medical students attended the event, many of them violated COVID-19 guidelines by not wearing masks and not resorting to social distancing.

Several students complained of illness yesterday, following which they went to the OPD of the hospital. After examining the symptoms, doctors at the healthcare facility asked them to undergo COVID-19 antigen test.

While 22 medical students tested positive for COVID-19, it is suspected that more students might have contracted the virus.

The infected students have been kept under isolation while their health condition was being monitored by doctors of the hospital.

The RT-PCR test of the students will be conducted, today. Contact tracing of all 22 students was also underway.

Uncertainty shrouded the conduct of scheduled offline exams at the medical college after the incident.

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