After highest spike in cases, IIT-B reimposes 2nd wave curbs

After highest spike in cases, IIT-B reimposes 2nd wave curbs
After Covid cases shot up drastically on its campus in the past one week, IIT-Bombay reintroduced several restrictions imposed during the second wave. The institute reported around 30 cases till Tuesday afternoon alone— the highest one-day spike on the campus in the entire pandemic. For the past five days, about 10 cases are being reported almost every day, taking the total active cases to around 100. Around half of these are students. The institute has decided to conduct lectures and all planned laboratory work online in the coming two weeks, after which the decision will be reviewed. In a series of mails issued by the institute in the past few days, it has listed guidelines for students and other campus residents. New sealing guidelines introduced by the BMC will be applicable to hostels too, it said. In other measures, the institute will restrict movement outside the campus. Permission of the hostel wardens will be required henceforth to step outside the campus, instead of the earlier self-approval leave portal. Students have been asked to eat in their hostel rooms and avoid eating in the mess. If they are in the mess, talking will not be permitted. The rules are being reviewed continuously, said an official.