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Aligarh Muslim University mourns death of 34 teachers due to Covid-19

By Muslim Mirror Staff

New Delhi: As many as 34 teachers and retired faculty members of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have died due to Covid-19 and likewise symptoms within the span of 18 days. Their sudden demise has sent shockwaves among the Alig community.

AMU vice-chancellor Tariq Mansoor, who lost his brother to the virus disease last week, wrote to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Sunday, urging it to study if a particular coronavirus variant is circulating around the campus.

In a letter to ICMR director general, VC Tariq Mansoor said 16 serving and 18 retired teachers besides other employees of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have succumbed to the infection in the past 18 days.

Over 100 patients are admitted in the university’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), he said. He added that for the past 12 days, the hospital has not received a single oxygen cylinder from outside despite continuous efforts.

In his opinion, a particular variant may be circulating in areas around the AMU campus and surrounding localities, which has led to these deaths

He added the microbiology laboratory at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College here is sending samples to the Institute of Genomics and Integrated Biology laboratory, New Delhi, for genome sequencing.

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