According to the latest updates, St. Stephen’s college at Delhi University has been struck with breakouts of coronavirus cases today. The coronavirus has hit the country worse than ever. According to a few Stephens hostellers, 13 students and 4 staff members have been reported positive.
Delhi University had allowed small, sectioned groups of Final Year students for offline-practical classes on campus. Even though the decision was totally voluntary, many students migrated back to their campuses since then. The hostels, however, were open to students since January. Those who contracted the infection were part of a “chapel trip” to Dalhousie. The students were tested after some of them developed symptoms of the virus post return on 31st March. This is one of the reasons speculated for St. Stephen’s coronavirus breakout.
The Principal has now put out a notice and has asked all faculty members who are scheduled to come to college to stay at home till further notice. Isolation rules have been put in place for hostellers.
According to NDTV news, the Dean, the mess steward and two members of the security team are among the suspected positive staff members.
The development has prompted a member of the college governing body to raise questions on the matter, including whether permission for the trip was taken from the university and the Delhi government for organizing the trip.
Meanwhile, New Delhi has reported over 6.68 Lakh Covid-19 cases till April 3 i.e. Saturday with 3,594 cases in the last 24 hours. Active cases at Delhi as per Business Today’s report for 3rd January is 11,994. In a recent press conference, CM Arvind Kejriwal exclaimed that even if it is the second wave for India, Delhi is witnessing the fourth COVID-19 wave as the cases spread faster than ever. It is high time now that we follow the Covid-guidelines for real.