Gangtok: Over 30 students have tested Covid-19 positive at the Government Nursing College in Sikkim after mass testing was conducted on September 27. The college premises was declared containment zone by the District Administrative Centre on Tuesday.

Principal Sikkim Government Nursing college Chuni Doma Bhutia said, “Some students in the hostel were complaining about mild cough and sore throat. So, on September 27, we took all the students for RT-PCR testing. After testing we found 30 positive cases.”

Students, however, blamed “carelessness of the management” for the surge in Covid-19 cases in the hostel. Despite the first case reported on September 22, students who were primary contacts were sent for clinicals to the main STNM hospital, they said.

A fourth year B.Sc nursing student, who tested positive on September 22, had led to 11 other students testing positive.

“Even after the cases were reported, the primary contacts were sent for clinicals to the hospital and only a separate place for sleeping was designated,” a student told EastMojo.

Mass testing conducted on Monday resulted in 80% of the third year students testing Covid-19 positive. While all the 4th year students tested Covid-19 negative and two 2nd year students tested positive.

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“We have contained the positive students in one separate floor inside the hostel. Students with the pending reports have been shifted to another floor. Total of 30 cases have been reported so far,” said Bhutia.

The principal said a the college has a set of norms for both the positive students and their primary contacts, and they have been told to stay separate from the other students.

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