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Hyderabad: Two students test +ve at Osmania University girls hostel | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: Two Osmania University (OU) students tested positive for Covid-19 during the screening for Covid held in girls hostel on Thursday. Last week, two boys tested positive in the NRS boys hostel at OU. All the students have been isolated by the varsity as the administration is making arrangements to screen the remaining boarders.
A month after students resumed physical classes, universities and colleges have ramped up Covid-19 testing within their premises after a few isolated positive cases have been reported. Rise in Covid-19 cases across the state, especially in residential schools, has prompted universities and colleges to test all students in hostels.
While RT-PCR tests were being conducted in boys hostel, the OU administration extended the testing facility even to four girls hostels which houses close to 700 students. “When the students had joined the hostels a month ago, we had asked them to get a negative Covid-19 report. Now, we have decided to test all the students to be on the safe side,” said Nirmala Devi, chief warden, girls hostel, OU.
Even at Nizam College, the administration has decided to ramp up testing for all students.
“We have 320 students in two boys hostels. While we have not had any positive cases so far, we have asked the state health department to conduct RT-PCR testing of all students,” said Prof Laxmikanth Rathod, principal, Nizam College.
Many other institutions such as Gitam University are conducting RT-PCR tests for students having any symptoms.
Others such as the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad have decided to keep the varsity shut until March 31 fearing rise in Covid-19 cases.

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