COVID-19 detected in 'clusters' of staff, students at Aga Khan University

March 16, 2023

Aga Khan University updates on number of COVID-19 cases detected

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A doctor checks the temperature of a man returning from Iran at a quarantine zone to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Pakistan-Iran border town of Taftan in February. — AFP/File

KARACHI: Few members of the staff and students at the Aga Khan University have tested positive for COVID-19, the university clarified on Wednesday in an internal memo seen by The News.

"Over the past few days, clusters of staff and students have been identified positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, the symptoms for all of these individuals have been mild, similar to seasonal colds and no one has required admission," it said.

However, the memo mentioned, the presence of the virus is a strong indication that COVID-19 is still prevalent in the community and its infectious spread continues.

Even though the infection is mild in healthy individuals, according to the university, it has urged its healthcare workers, faculty and students to remain mindful, as its severity may increase in individuals who are "elderly with other medical problems or those who are not vaccinated".

The university further asked its staff — including its faculty and students — to ensure their protection and that of their families and patients to curtail the spread of the virus.

In its memo, the university has insisted on continued masking by everyone in all outpatient facilities including radiology and laboratory services; mandatory masking by all healthcare workers in inpatient facilities; mandatory masking in all areas if someone has symptoms of a cold and urged immediate reporting to its Employee/Student Health department for COVID-19 testing.

It also asked them to get vaccinated with the new bivalent vaccine if their last dose was more than six months ago.

Later, Aga Khan University issued a press statement stating that they have stringent infection control practices at their hospital and when a few — less than 10 — of their people were identified with COVID-19 the hospital leader issued a memo to alert staff and students.

Meanwhile, theNational Institutes of Health (NIH) Pakistan —in its latest statistics update on the coronavirus under theNational Command and Operation Center — mentioned that the country recorded 129 positive cases with a positivity ratio of2.98%.

Fourteen patients have been reported critical, but no deaths have been recorded by the medical facility.

According to the NIH, 4,334 COVID-19 cases have been reported by the NIH Pakistan.

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