COVID-19: US university closes classrooms as over 130 students test positive for disease

COVID-19: US university closes classrooms as over 130 students test positive for disease

- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has cancelled in-class instruction a week after reopening its classrooms

- The school made the decision after 130 students tested positive for the deadly coronavirus

- According to the report, more than 300 students are forced to quarantine and five employees have tested positive for the disease

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One week after reopening, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has cancelled in-class lectures due to cases of coronavirus in the school. August 11 was the first day of the new academic year.

The decision was made after more than 130 students tested positive for COVID-19 and 300 are forced to quarantine a week after the school reopened.

The disclosure was made in a letter posted to students on the campus website by the university's chancellor, Daily Mail reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that the school said classes would be held online going forward, along with academic support services.

COVID-19: US university closes classrooms as over 130 students tests positive for disease

University of North Carolina students. Photo credit: AP
Source: UGC

According to the report, five people working with the institution also tested positive for the deadly disease.

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said: "So far, we have been fortunate that most students who have tested positive have demonstrated mild symptoms."

In other news, billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates has said the rich world will be able to put an end to the coronavirus by the end of 2021 while the world at large will be able to end it by 2022.

The Microsoft co-founder stated this in an interview with Wired magazine, which was published on Friday, August 7.

Gates said: "The innovation pipeline on scaling up diagnostics, on new therapeutics, on vaccines is actually quite impressive."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government on Thursday, August 13, gave an update on when all schools across the country would be fully reopened for academic activities.

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The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said during the daily briefing on COVID-19 that once the PTF assesses all the data, it would inform Nigerians when it is safe to reopen schools.

The minister also noted that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is still on strike which was started before the lockdown in March.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said that presidents, prime ministers and other top personalities have contracted COVID-19.

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