Published: 14th June 2020
IIT Madras hostel student tests positive for COVID-19, other inmates asked to stay indoors
Most students had left for their hometowns, only the foreign students and those who were unable to find a way home had stayed back at the hostel
After a PhD student tested positive for Coronavirus in IIT Madras’ Badra hostel on Saturday, the other inmates have been asked to stay indoors. Her close associates have been asked to self isolate as well. The institute said that they were waiting for instructions from the government on further steps they would have to take.
Most students had left for their hometowns, only the foreign students and those who were unable to find a way home had stayed back at the hostel. The Registrar said that the student had been unwell for a few days, “So we sent her samples and found out that she had tested positive,” she said. However, the registrar said that the student was doing fine and that the authorities were informed immediately.
“As of now, we have instructed all students from the hostel block to not leave their rooms. Once the government gives us further instructions, we'll know if only those on the same floor should be isolated or everyone from the hostel should be," she said. The institution has also taken all the precautions advised by the government, “We are following all government protocols. We have installed soaps in all hand washes. We fine students who do not wear a mask on campus. If any student is sick for at least three days, we have asked them to inform us. That is how we tested this scholar,” she explained.
The classes on campus like several others across the country were cancelled and students were asked to go home. Only the ones who had trouble going back home had remained on campus