Mumbai: With the rise in cases of coronavirus-infected people across the country, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) has suspended all classes till March 29. The institution said in a statement that “the situation will be reviewed continuously and appropriate decision on resumption of classroom and lab instructions will be intimated through email. Updates will be made available on the IITB homepage.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Amid Price Gouging by Sellers of Face Masks, Hand Sanitizers, eBay, Amazon Put Restrictions
“All students are encouraged to go home. In case a student wants to go home, he/she must inform the Hall Manager before leaving. However, students having any difficulty in traveling may stay back. International students are welcome to stay back in hostels,” the statement added. Also Read - Israeli Scientists Soon to Announce, They Developed Coronavirus Vaccine
“PhD and Masters’ students engaged in thesis work may continue to stay in the campus and work towards their projects if they wish, provided they take adequate precautions,” the statement read. Also Read - Coronavirus: Centre Postpones Padma Awards, Will Announce New Date in Due Course
Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India rose to 84, Sanjeeva Kumar, Special Secretary (Health), Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. Of the total 84 confirmed cases of coronavirus in India, 10 people have fully recovered and been discharged.
“Contact tracing of these cases has led to the identification of over 4000 contacts who have been put under surveillance”, said the Health Ministry official.