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21 MBBS Students of Vijayanagar Medical College in Karnataka Test Covid Positive

According to college authorities, random tests were conducted among 250 students staying at a hostel, who were exposed to the virus.

Karnataka: 21 MBBS Students Test Covid Positive
Random tests were conducted among 250 students staying at a hostel. (Photo:PTI)

Bellary: Twenty-one students pursuing MBBS course from the Vijayanagar Medical college here have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said on Wednesday. According to college authorities, random tests were conducted among 250 students staying at a hostel, who were exposed to the virus.

”The Covid random test was done for all the students in the hostel. Among them, 21 were found infected and they have been shifted to the District Hospital for treatment,” Dr. T Gangadhargowda, Director of VIMS, told PTI. They were first and second-year MBBS students.

While most of the students are asymptomatic, some of them are displaying mild symptoms. Earlier today, over 50 people, including students and a faculty member, tested positive for Covid-19 in IIT-Guwahati, forcing the authorities to impose restrictions on the campus.

Karnataka is witnessing an “alarming rate of increase” in coronavirus patients, “attributed mainly due to (the) Omicron variant”, the Basavaraj Bommai government said late Tuesday evening, announcing the return of weekend curfews in the southern state from Friday.

All those entering the state from Kerala, Goa, and Maharashtra will have to carry a negative RT-PCR Covid test report in a set of fresh curbs. 

The number of patients is doubling in less than three days and the number stood at 2,053 on Tuesday, according to the official data. The weekend curfew, which starts from this Friday at 10 PM, will be in force till 5 am on Monday.

The southern state is followed by Himachal Pradesh, which has jabbed 37 per cent of the target beneficiaries in this category with first dose, and Gujarat at 30.9 per cent, officials said.

According to officials, in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, 28.3 per cent of those of the 15-18 age group have been administered the first dose followed by Karnataka at 25.3 per cent, Uttarakhand 22.5 per cent, Madhya Pradesh 20.6 per cent and Chhattisgarh 20.5 per cent.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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