54 students of Odisha medical college Covid +veNovember 25, 2021 16:45
The number of students detected with Covid-19 at Vimsar, a medical college and hospital in Odisha's Sambalpur, climbed to 54 on Thursday, up from 34 the day before, an official said.
The infected students have been admitted to the COVID unit of the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (Vimsar), according to the official.
Authorities suspect that the infection might have spread during the institute's annual function held recently.
On Tuesday, 22 cases were reported from Vimsar and later it rose to 34. The number of infections has surged to 54 now, Vimsar dean Jayshree Dora said.
Four hostels have been declared as micro-containment zones. Staff quarters and four other hostels of medical students have been declared as buffer zones, the professor said.
Physical classes have been suspended for 10 days from Tuesday. Odisha Health Services Director Bijay Mohapatra said there was nothing to worry as it was reported in specific pockets and would be contained within four-five days.