COVID-19 Third Wave: UNILAG orders students to vacate hostels

Ebun Francis| The management of the University of Lagos on Wednesday asked students to vacate hostels on campus over COVID concerns.

The decision was taken following an emergency meeting summoned by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, over the potential third wave of COVID-19.

The management of the school at the meeting resolved to put lectures on hold till July 26, where it would continue through virtual means.

In a statement issued after the meeting, the Senate said the students who tested positive for the disease, are being treated, and contact tracing already in place.

“The situation is, indeed, worrisome especially noting the reluctance of the majority of students to comply with the COV1D-19 prevention protocols,” the statement read.

“To avoid the escalation of cases on campus, the University Senate at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, 14th of July 2021 approved that all students vacate the halls of residence by 12.00 pm on Thursday indefinitely.

Lectures for the rest of the semester will continue to be delivered virtually
with effect from 26th July 2021.”

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The University had earlier in a statement confirmed that the medical centre had recorded an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 symptoms.

“The University of Lagos Medical Centre wishes to inform all members of the University of Lagos Community about what appears to be the start of a potential 3rd wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Lagos State.”

“The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, in his press statement issued on July 11, 2021, stated that since the beginning of July there has been a steep increase in the number of daily confirmed cases, with the test positivity rate going from 1.1% at the end of June 2021, to its current rate of 6.6% as at the 8th of July 2021. This is with a concurrent increase in the occupancy rate at Lagos State isolation centres.

“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.

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“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.

“Despite this threat to the return of normalcy, pursuit of education and daily livelihood, it has become imperative once more to judiciously adhere to the following COVID-19 guidelines and protocols in order to curb the spread of this disease,” the centre had said in a statement.

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