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QAU closed after emergence of five COVID-19 cases

ISLAMABAD: The Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) in Islamabad was temporarily closed after the emergence of five COVID-19 cases in different departments.

A notification has been issued by the university administration stating that academic and research activities have been suspended online till 6th November, 2020.

The decision comes after District Health Officer (DHO) had dispatched a letter to the university administration advising to seal concerned departments after a team conducted COVID-19 surveillance at the university.

“As per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of National Health Services Regulatory and Coordination, due to these five coronavirus cases on the campus, all academic and research activities is hereby shifted to online till November 6,” the notification stated.

The university administration has also directed students to vacate hostels unless from remote areas. Students from far-flung areas can stay at the university after receiving permission from the relevance chairpersons and hostel advisory committee.

The health authorities have advised Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) to close concerned departments after five confirmed case of novel coronavirus surfaced in the institution.

The Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) is one of the largest public sector universities in Islamabad. The university is on a 1700 acres campus on the foothills of the Margalla and has more than 13,000 students in various departments.