Coronavirus: DU authorities ask students to vacate halls by Friday evening

Sun Online Desk

19th March, 2020 02:16:42 printer

Coronavirus: DU authorities ask students to vacate halls by Friday evening

To curb Covid-19 spread inside the campus, all residential students of Dhaka University have been asked to vacate the halls by Friday evening.

The decision was made at a meeting of the syndicate, the highest governing body of the university, with DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair, meeting sources said.

The university authorities also extended the period of suspension of classes and exams from March 28 to 31.

A five-member ‘corona response committee’, led by Dr Shahriar Nabi, Dean of Medicine faculty of DU and Associate Professor of Radiology and Imaging department of Dhaka Medical College, has been formed.

The committee will coordinate the information inside the campus if corona outbreaks inside it.

The syndicate also asked the DU officials to limit their works and permitted them to perform their duties from home.

The DU dormitories were last vacated after a clash between students and Army members during the army-backed caretaker government on August 21, 2007.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) decided to shut down its dormitories from Wednesday to curtail the Covid-19 spread.

The previous day, Chittagong University also issued a notice closing down its halls with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has confirmed the detection of 17 coronavirus patients and one death.