Bengaluru: As many as 40 students of a private nursing college here tested COVID-19 positive on Saturday, according to health officials.
Most of the students are from Kerala and the mass testing will be conducted in all the nursing and medical colleges of the city between February 14 and 20.
The college was inspected by Bengaluru’s civic body Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad. He inquired about the measures initiated by authorities to tackle these cases, reported news agency IANS.
Prasad also appealed to the Karnataka government to make it mandatory for all the students visiting the city’s educational institutions to carry a COVID-19 negative test report which should not be older than 72 hours.
The state government declared that students coming from Kerala to Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Mysuru, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts must get an RT-PCR negative test report.
Prasad said the Pulakeshi Nagar nursing college has 210 students and majority are from Kerala. “The test reports showed 40 students had tested positive, while 28 are asymptomatic and 12 have mild symptoms. Among these 35 are girls and 5 are boys,” Prasad was quoted as saying by IANS.
“Though the college has made arrangements for isolation of all the 40 students in the hostel with all basic facilities, we have also advised to isolate and quarantine all the 210 students for the next 14 days,” the commissioner added.