COVID-19 continues to spread at IIT Madras; Cases touches 60
As Tamil Nadu has recorded a surge in COVID positive cases, Chief Minister M K Stalin is scheduled to chair a meeting with Collectors and district health officials.
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in IIT Madras
IIT Madras COVID Cases: The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) has turned into a COVID cluster after recording multiple coronavirus cases. The cases are continuously rising and now have touched the number 60. Earlier on Sunday, the institute recorded 55 COVID-19 cases which rose to 60 by Monday, i.e. April 25, 2022. Considering the tension among students and institute’s authorities, the Health Department has urged the district authorities to be "prudent" and not let the guard down in controlling the spread of the virus.
As Tamil Nadu has recorded a surge in COVID positive cases, Chief Minister M K Stalin is scheduled to chair a meeting with Collectors and district health officials on Monday to discuss the prevalence of COVID-19 in the State, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said here on Sunday. Principal Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan, in his letter to the Collectors, called for the effective administration of vaccines to eligible people, including administering of booster doses.
The Health Minister, along with Radhakrishnan and senior department officials, inspected the IIT-M campus to understand the seriousness of the situation. "New infections at IIT-Madras have gone up to 60 till date. As many as 2,015 people were tested of the total 7,300 at the institution," Subramanian told reporters on the campus.
Appealing to the public "not to panic" due to the rise in cases, Subramanian said the State was reporting nil fatalities for more than a month. The government has decided to hold a mega vaccination drive next month, he said.
"One lakh vaccination camps are planned across the State on May 8. The exercise will focus on 1.46 crore people who are yet to receive the second dose of vaccines and 54 lakh people are yet to receive the first dose," the Minister said. To those people aged above 60 and eligible to receive the booster dose, the department is administering the vaccines daily, he said.