UNILAG has been forced to close after many students tested positive for COVID-19.

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Following an increase in the number of students testing positive for the lethal COVID-19, administration at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has ordered students to evacuate campus hostels.

On Tuesday, there were worries among the campus community as around 20 university students acquired the sickness. As a result of this development, the school administration convened an emergency Senate meeting on Wednesday.

The Senate stated in a statement published following the meeting that the pupils who tested positive for the disease are being treated and that contact tracking is 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.”

Sources within the school equally confirmed receiving a Whatsapp broadcast message from the Dean of Students Affairs (DSA) informing them to leave the school’s hostels.

“Lectures for the rest of the semester will be delivered virtually with effect from 26th July 2021,” the message added.

Before now, UNILAG’s management had raised the alarm over “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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