Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have risen rapidly in the past week at the Madras campus of the Institute of Technology of India, and as of 16 local time, the number of confirmed cases at the university has increased to 191.
Tamil Nadu Health Minister J Radhakrishnan said that X-ray and CT scans were currently performed on confirmed patients, with mild symptoms and stable conditions. At present, nearly 1,000 students and canteen staff of the school have been tested.
The university has been closed, and the teaching buildings, laboratories, libraries and other places of various departments have been closed.
Since November, most universities in Tamil Nadu have reopened according to government regulations. The government has now ordered that all colleges and universities in the state be tested for the novel coronavirus.
Preliminary investigation by the government health department shows that the main reason for the outbreak of aggregation is the chaotic accommodation environment of students, and a large number of people eating together in the canteen, resulting in concentrated infection.
At present, the government department is collectively supplying fast food to confirmed students, and requires all college canteens not to allow canteens.
Tamil Nadu is the fourth highest cumulative confirmed city in India, with 801,161 confirmed cases and 11,919 deaths as of the 16th.