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Hostel Residents Advised to Return Home: DU Issues Notification

The advisory circular asks University hostel residents to try and return to their homes, details some precautions and COVID norms for the respective students; RT-PCR testing at INMAS, DRDO, and Patel Chest Institute.

On Wednesday, 28th April 2021, the University of Delhi issued an advisory notice for its Hostel residents, given the recent COVID-19 surge in the NCR. The varsity said in the notice that it is extremely concerned about the well-being of the students and staff members who live and work very close together in hostels and urged them to follow the measures which are critical to keeping the transmission rates of the virus low.

Through this notice, the University has asked the hostel residents to try and return to their homes, due to the continuous rise in the COVID cases. The hostel wardens have also been directed to allocate rooms as isolation centers in each of the hostels.

The Advisory detailed some precautions for the hostel residents such as avoiding closed spaces, eating a balanced diet, and watching out for symptoms of COVID-19. The advisory said hostel authorities must earmark rooms for self-isolation and also advised students to vacate hostels as close contact poses a grave threat of disease transmission. It also advised the students to take vitamin supplements and have adequate water intake.

The notice stated, “We hope the students will return to their native place and continue their academic activity remotely. At the same time, we recognize that some students are unable to return and need to stay on.” 

The advisory also specified that the hostel residents should make sure their rooms are well ventilated and should avoid closed, confined spaces at all costs, totaling, “Students should watch out for symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, nausea, running nose, headache, difficulty in breathing, diarrhoea. In case they develop any of these symptoms, they should contact hostel authorities or their local health provider for advice.” 

“The residents who develop these symptoms to self-isolate and quarantine themselves pending the results of the tests. If found positive, an isolation period of 14 days is mandatory. The hostel administration must be informed immediately about the positive test results so isolation of the affected person can be arranged preferably with separate dining and bathroom facilities,” it added.

In the end, it stated that the University has also prepared a help desk for residents along with a list of doctors who can be consulted for medical need, & made provisions for RT-PCR testing at INMAS, DRDO after filling a mandatory form and at Patel Chest Institute on the Vice-Chancellor’s recommendation.

Read also: DU Colleges Starts Setting Up COVID Isolation Centres on Campus

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Nirmanyu Chouhan

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