Over 100 COVID-19 cases were reported from the institute, at a time when the IIT has been functioning on limited capacity with only 10% students in the hostels. IIT Madras has temporarily shut down its departments, centers, labs, and library.
IIT Madras announced on their official twitter handle.
Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan further told the media that the IIT-Madras cluster is “a lesson for all of us”.
There are total 7,98,888 COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu and 1,276 persons (including 340 in Chennai) had tested positive over the last 24 hours.
Radhakrishnan said,“This kind of spread is possible in other colleges, especially in hostels. Even here, there was a common mess. We have asked for this mess to be closed and prepared as a take-away option. When it comes to closed spaces, crowded spaces and close contact we have to remain very careful”.