175 SMVDU students, Assistant Professor among 3 in CU test COVID Positive

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JAMMU: As many as 175 students of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) have tested positive for COVID-19 so far including 145 on Tuesday alone even as testing of the faculty will start on Wednesday. An Assistant Professor and two students tested positive in the Central University at Raya in Samba district.

Jammu district showed major surge in the cases with 58 testing positive for the virus.

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District Magistrate Reasi Charandeep Singh said that so far a total of 175 students have tested positive for COVID-19 at SMVDU.

“145 students were found infected while number of positives during last four days of testing was 30,” Singh said.

The students hailing from the Union Territory have been sent for home isolation, the outsiders were kept in Isolation Ward within the Campus, he added.

Timely closure of the University by the DM Reasi on January 1 has averted further spread of the virus.

A total of 1550 students have been tested in the University so far, Singh said, adding that testing of the faculty will start on Wednesday.

An Assistant Professor in the Central University and two students have also tested positive for pathogen, the officials said.