The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) campus has been declared a containment zone after at least 60 Covid-19 cases reported in the premier higher education institute.

According to the government order, no entry and exit of people will be allowed on the campus.

“In view of detection of 60 Covid-19 positive cases in IIT, Guwahati under North Guwahati police station of Kamrup district..hereby, declare the entire campus of IIT Guwahati a containment zone,” said an order issued by the District Magistrate of Kamrup district on Wednesday.

Kamrup district Deputy Commissioner Kailash Karthik said that on Tuesday 32 Covid cases were detected on the campus.

“Today [Wednesday], 28 more Covid-19 cases were detected on the campus. Apart from that, we have tested more than 200 people on the campus and their reports came negative, but we have done RT-PCR tests again. We have declared the entire campus of IIT Guwahati a containment zone and also declared the Guest House of IIT Guwahati as a Covid-19 hospital,” Karthik said.

According to the circular issued by the IIT-G authority on Wednesday, the entire campus of IIT-G is now a containment zone.

During the period, entry and exit to the campus is strictly prohibited along with the closure of all shops, restaurants and eateries within the campus.

The employees residing outside the IIT-G campus are advised to be available on telephone and electronic means of communications at all times to perform their duties from home.

Along with the offices of IIT-G, the Bank and post office facility will function within the campus adhering to strict Covid 19 protocol with the existing staff residing in the campus.

The COVID-19 testing center on the campus will remain open from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. along with the vaccination center which will function between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The circular has also mentioned that the emergency services like hospital/isolation facility/hostel messes of the institute will continue to function.

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