Karnataka: 49 nursing students from Kerala test Covid-19 positive in Ullal | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: In one of the largest cluster outbreak in the city after the decline of cases since a month, forty-nine students of a nursing college in Ullal have tested positive to Covid-19. The college campus has been turned into containment zone till February 19.
Out of 104 samples of staff and students tested, 49 BSc nursing students from Kerala, including 11 boys have been tested positive.
Dr Ashok H, nodal officer for Covid-19 in Dakshina Kannada told TOI that six male students tested Covid positive on January 29. “We soon rushed to the institute and realised that on the same day, students from Kerala, going to Bengaluru for an exam, had travelled to the college in a bus, had bath, breakfast and stayed there for less than two hours. We got the whole area sanitized. RT-PCR tests were conducted on all the 104 staff and students, including cooks and cleaners. Four test reports are pending. The boys who were staying in the hostel that was slightly away from the campus have now been shifted to the main building. A delegation of health and Ullal City Municipal Council officials visited the college on Wednesday. Municipal Commissioner Rayappa has declared the college premise as a containment zone and nobody can enter or leave the building.”
Rayappa said that notices have also been sent to 36 educational institutions in the city municipal limits to strictly follow the government prescribed SOPs.
Dakshina Kannada district has 26 paramedical colleges and more than 80% of the students studying in these colleges are from the neighbouring state Kerala. The positivity rate is high in Kerala.
District health and family welfare officer Dr Ramachandra Bairy said, “A show cause notice will be issued to college and we are also considering filing a criminal case against colleges for any kind of lapse,” he said.

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