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UNILAG Asks Students To Vacate Hostels Over COVID-19 Concerns, Virtual Classes Begins July 26Senate of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has on Wednesday, July 14 mandated the institution’s management to ask all students to vacate hostels “with immediate effect.”

According to PremiumTimes, a member of the Senate, who was part of an emergency meeting on Wednesday but does not want to be quoted, said the decision was unavoidable following the rising cases of coronavirus infection on the campus.

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The source stated;

The Senate at its meeting held today considered the situation of third wave of COVID-19 in Lagos State and its implications for the university. The Senate resolved that all students should vacate the halls of residence immediately.

The source also added that the Senate also approved commencement of virtual lectures from July 26.

In a statement released thereafter, the university senate directed that all students vacate the halls of residence by 12:00 pm on Thursday.

It stated;

To check the spread of Covid-19 on campus, the university senate has directed that all students vacate the halls of residence latest by 12.00 noon on Thursday 15 July 2021. No access will be granted to any student after 12.00 noon on 15 July.

On Tuesday, panic broke out at the institution after it recorded an increase in the number of persons within the varsity community with symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

This had prompted Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the vice-chancellor, to summon an emergency meeting of the school’s senate.

The new development comes after UNILAG announced on Tuesday that there are signs of imminent third wave of coronavirus disease on the campus.

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The university in a statement posted on its website said there is an increased number of patients presenting COVID-19-related symptoms at its medical centre.

The institution, however, failed to mention specifically whether any positive cases have been recorded on the campus or not.

The statement reads in part;

The University of Lagos community has also been affected by this potential 3rd wave, with an increase in the number of patients presented to the University of Lagos Medical Centre with flu-like symptoms which are similar to COVID-19. The Medical Centre hereby assures all members of the university community that all necessary actions in line with the Federal and Lagos State Government guidelines have been taken regarding this potential threat in our community.

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