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Karnataka: 182 Students And Staff Of Medical College Found Covid Positive After Fresher’s Party Turns Super-spreader

Image for representation A student undergoes thermal screening before appearing for the Common Entrance Examination (CET), at a college. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: At least 182 students and staff members of a medical college in Karnataka’s Dharwad have tested positive for COVID-19 after a fresher’s party turned into a super spreader event. The number went up a day after 66 fully vaccinated students and staff were found positive for COVID-19.

Of these 182, most of the people were fully vaccinated against coronavirus. The samples of the infected people will be sent for genome sequencing.

At least 300 students of SDM College of Medical Sciences were made to undergo COVID tests following the college event.

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“The students were fully vaccinated… We will be sending a few samples for genome sequencing to check if there’s a new variant,” NDTV quoted health commissioner D Randeep as saying.

The health commissioner said a freshers’ party at the college on November 17 is responsible for the outbreak.

The infected students have been quarantined and will undergo treatment inside the hostel itself, the report further added.

Further, the state health department will test around 3,000 staff and students at the college and hospital (clinical and non-clinical) on Friday. So far, at least 1,000 people have been tested, and their reports are awaited.

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