Cuttack (SunstarTV Bureau): As many as 13 more persons of a private college in Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) area have tested positive on Thursday, prompting CMC authorities to shut down the institution for 10 days.
Apart this, the city has also reported 11 cases from six localities on Thursday from Rajabagicha, three from Kazi Bazaar and one each from Hindol Kothi, Kandarpur, Bajrakabati Road and Kumbhar Sahi.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the same college had reported 12 Covid-19 cases of the students.
According to reports, a student of the residential college, who had gone to his house in Jagatsinghpur, tested positive two days back. The CMC’s health wing further had carried out contact tracing and collected swab samples from 25 students and sent them to testing. Of them , 12 have tested positive on Wednesday.
“Basing on the primary contacts of the 12 students, 72 swab samples were collected from other students and staff of the college and sent for examination on Thursday. Of them, 13 have tested positive for the virus. The 13 new cases include 12 students and a cook of the college,” said City Health Officer Satyabrata Mohapatra.
In view of the upcoming religious festivals like Maa Taratarini Yatra, Danda Nacha, Maa Budhi Thakurani Jatra etc, the district administration has directed non-local devotees not to take part in all these festivals this year.