On Friday, i.e. 2nd April 2021, 12 students and 2 staff members from the Delhi University affiliated St. Stephens College were tested positive for covid-19. It is suspected that a college trip organized in late March was the reason behind the infection. Hence, this led to the enforcement of stringent covid-19 protocols.
Yesterday, there were 3,500 fresh cases of covid-19 in the national capital with around 14 deaths. The daily positivity rate went upto 4.11 percent. A college staff from St. Stephens mentioned that two dozen students did return from the trip to Dalhousie. Hence, as per the information, they returned on 31st March 2021 and got tested for covid-19 after developing certain symptoms.
St. Stephens College principal questioned:
The principal was questioned by a member of the college’s governing body. Hence, the person inquired about the timing of the trip and why was it organized during the times of the covid-19 pandemic. Also, the principal was interrogated about whether permission was taken from the Delhi University and the state government.
In response, John K Varghese, the college principal said that consent from the student’s parents was taken. He also added that the Dean’s Office is aware of the situation. Hence, necessary steps have already been taken in consultation with the medical and civic authorities. However, he confirmed that the dean of residence and the security in charge of the college also accompanied the students on the trip and have been tested positive.
How is St Stephen coping up with the situation?
Necessary social distancing is considered and all the covid-19 protocols are followed. Also, stringent measures to ensure isolation for all the residents are made. The college will ensure that its inner perimeter will be kept out of bounds for everyone. Hence, this will be followed unless the principal gives specific clearance. Also, the outer perimeter can only be accessed for those with relevant work.