A final year MBBS student from Patna’s Nalanda Medical College and Hospital died due to Covid-19, and eight others tested positive over the past three days. This prompted the institute to suspend all the classes from Wednesday until the RT-PCR tests clear the remaining students and hostel inmates.
Around three weeks ago, all nine students had been administered their first vaccine dose and the immunity kicks in only after the second dose according to reports.
Principal secretary of health, Pratyaya Amrit visited the college and directed hospital superintendent Binod Kumar Singh to ensure that everyone on the campus was tested for Covid-19.
On Wednesday India has witnessed a surge in fresh Coronavirus infections, were the highest was seen in 53 days even as daily casualties remained in double digits for the third consecutive day after staying in triple figures for the most part of last week.
India added 17,432 new cases to the cumulative Covid-19 tally, which was the highest since January 9 when 18,192 cases were recorded in the country. (The January 9 figure was breached once, on January 29, when nearly 19,000 cases were recorded — but at least 6,000 of these were back-dated cases.)
However, the numbers of Covid-19 cases continued to be driven by Maharashtra, which recorded the highest daily cases in 137 days with 9,855 patients testing positive for the virus.
October 17 was the last time when Maharashtra exceeded this number and recorded 10,259 cases.
However, other states like Punjab, too, recorded a spike in cases with 778 patients testing positive that is the highest since December 6.
Kerala recorded the highest number of cases after Maharashtra at 2,765. Although the pandemic seems to have slowed down in Kerala as the state recorded 4,106 cases last Wednesday.
And the active cases in the state then stood at 53,502, which came down to 46,637.