Not following Covid-appropriate behaviour is reason for outbreak at MIT: Minister

Our Bureau Mangaluru | Updated on March 30, 2021

Outlines steps taken at Manipal Institute of Technology to contain the pandemic

Karnataka Health Minister, K Sudhakar, visited the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) campus on Tuesday to review the situation arising out of Covid outbreak there.

Addressing presspersons later, he said the absence of Covid-appropriate behaviour among students was the main reason for the outbreak.

The campus has a large concentration of people — nearly 11,000 people, including 8,000 students. It has seen more than 900 positive cases of Covid since March 15.

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Stating that the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi has already declared the entire campus a containment zone, he said nearly 9,000 RT-PCR tests have been conducted there till now.

Discussions with MAHE authorities

Though the positive cases are more, they are not serious ones. While some have mild symptoms, others are asymptomatic. However, these persons will be the potential carriers of the virus. Hence, authorities have been directed to supervise these cases.

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He said steps have been taken to send Covid-negative students who have completed their exams to their native places.

MIT is a constituent unit of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE).

The Minister also discussed the Covid situation with the MAHE authorities, as it has medical education institutions in Manipal. MAHE authorities have informed him about the steps taken to control the pandemic, he added.

Published on March 30, 2021

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