The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has ordered students to vacate their hostels to prevent “escalation” of coronavirus cases in the institution.
The varsity broke the news in a statement signed by the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Ademola Adeleke, after an emergency meeting of the senatw of the school, on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, there was panic among students and staff of the institution, after the medical center of the varsity recorded an increase in the number of patients with flu-like symptoms similar to COVID-19 infection.
The development prompted the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, to summon an emergency meeting of the senate of the institution.
In the statement, the senate directed that all students should vacate their hostels by 12pm on Thursday.
“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.
“The hostels will be locked indefinitely therefore students are advised to move all their personal belongings at once. Lectures for the rest of the semester will be delivered virtually with effect from 26th July 2021,” the statement said.
The statement also confirmed that “some students tested positive for COVID-19.”
It, however, noted that the affected students have been isolated after contact-tracing.
“These students have been sent to the appropriate designated facilities in the state and contact-tracing has enabled us to identify those who have had exposure and directed them to isolate,” the statement added.