Bengaluru: At least 59 students and 10 staff members of Jawahar Navodaya School in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru have tested positive for COVID-19, said a health official. As per reports, all 69 patients are asymptomatic and have been shifted to separate blocks as per home isolation norms. “We collected 457 samples in this residential school, out of which 69 tested positive. These are 59 students and 10 staff members,” said Dr. Umesh, District Health Official, Chikkamagaluru.Also Read - India Reports Over 3.06 Lakh New COVID Infections, Active Cases in Country Highest in 241 Days

Soon after we got the information, we separated the students and kept them in isolation in a separate block. We have deployed our health and paramedical staff. All the students who have been infected are asymptomatic. We are treating them as per home isolation protocol,” Dr Umesh said. “After one week we will take a follow-up sample. We have taken all the precautionary measures as per the guidelines of govt of Karnataka,” he added. Also Read - COVID-19 And Breastfeeding: Study Reveals NO Evidence of Infection Being Transmitted Through Breastfeeding

Meanwhile, around 43 medical students at the Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences at Bommakal in Karimnagar district of Telangana have also tested positive for COVID-19. The medical students had participated in various events as part of annual day celebrations recently, a health official said adding the college and the hostel has been shut. Also Read - Europe Probably Moving Towards Covid Pandemic 'Endgame': WHO

On Sunday, 29 students were also tested COVID-19 positive at a private nursing school in Karnataka’s Shivamogga. In a bid to curb the transmission of the infection, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has announced that any area with three or more COVID-19 cases will be classified as a cluster.

Meanwhile, Karnataka on Saturday reported 397 new COVID-19 cases, 277 recoveries and four deaths. There are 7,012 active cases, as per the health department.