Updated: September 8, 2021 8:45:23 am
Twelve medical students in two private medical colleges tested positive in Nagpur on Tuesday, a day after State Minister for Power and District Guardian Minister Nitin Raut declared onset of the third Covid-19 wave in the district. Eleven of the students had been vaccinated with both doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
While 11 students are from the first year of Datta Meghe Medical College in Wanadongri, adjoining the Hingna tahsil, one student is from the second year of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Digdoh, outside Nagpur city.
All 11 students from Wanadongri college had taken both vaccine doses, according to dean Dilip Gode.
“More than 100 students in the college hostel have now been quarantined. There are 50 day scholars residing in Nagpur who have been home quarantined,” Gode told The Indian Express.
“Two girls from the hostel had fever on Sunday. When they were tested for Covid, they tested positive. We then tested all students from the hostel as well as day scholars…Of them, nine more, including a day scholar, tested positive,” Gode said.
He added, “All are doing well as they have only mild version of the infection and have good oxygen saturation level.”
The college began operations this year and currently has students studying only in the first year of MBBS.
“Of late, our hospital reported several dengue patients. Not everybody, particularly visitors, gets screened for Covid. So, it is difficult to say where the virus could have come from,” Gode said.
“The only male to test positive is a day scholar and resides in a locality, where some new cases have surfaced of late. So, the possibility of the virus coming through him cannot be ruled out,” Gode said.
He addeeed that 125 staffers of the college and remaining hostel students will be undergoing RT-PCR tests over the coming days.
Dean of NKP Salve Institute, Kajal Mitra, said, “A second year student of the college had arrived from Patna to attend classes two days ago, but he had some symptoms. So we tested him for Covid and when he tested positive, he immediately returned to Patna.”
“Four students who had come in contact with the Patna student were also tested but their result was negative. But we have still quarantined them,” Mitra said, adding, “We don’t know about the Patna student’s vaccination status. But we had told all our students to take vaccines before starting the offline session in July. I am now checking the exact status of their vaccination.”
Collector R Vimla said, “We are doing contact tracing of all possible people that have come in contact with the 11 students.”
Raut had said on Monday that Covid restrictions will soon be reimposed in Nagpur district.
The district had just 145 new cases and two deaths in August and with these 11 cases, the count in the first six days of September has gone up to 60. According to official data on Tuesday, 18 new cases were reported while 10 and 12 cases were reported on the previous two days. Only one death has been reported in September so far.
On Tuesday, the district had 65 active cases.
The collector said, “We will hold discussions with all associations of shopkeepers and others and will hold a meeting of the District Disaster Management Committee to decide the date of reimposing restrictions.”
Nagpur district has recorded over 4.93 lakh Covid positive cases and 10,119 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
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