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More than 60 students of a medical college in Karnataka's Dharwad have tested positive for Covid-19, said district collector Nitish Patil on Thursday. 

About 300 out of the total 400 students studying in the medical college have undergone Covid tests so far. 

“Test reports of another 100 students are awaited. Two hostels of the college have been sealed. By evening their results are also likely," said Patil.

“Also, there are about 3,000 staff members, who will be tested. Those testing positive will be quarantined and given treatment," he added. 

The area has been cordoned and district health officials have been deployed to keep a watch on the situation.

As per Patil, necessary food, medicines and other essential things are being provided there. 

"Those who have tested positive will not be allowed to come out and those who are awaiting test results are also quarantined, so precautionary measures have been taken to avoid any further spread," he said.

According to officials, a students' event almost a week ago might have resulted in the spread, as they advised people to avoid attending programmes like marriage, functions, and cultural gatherings.

College authorities said all students have received two doses of Covid vaccine. As all the staff fall under health care workers category, they would have been completely vaccinated. However, the records are being verified.

Noting that the infection so far is only among the students, Patil said the authorities are aiming to curb it and see to it that it doesn't spread.

Covid situation in state 

Karnataka reported 254 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths on Wednesday.

As per the state health bulletin, the active caseload in the state stands at 6,412.

With 546 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours, the number of recoveries in the state has reached 29,49,629.

The death toll due to the disease stands at 38,185.

 

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