UoN joins list of closed down universities over coronavirus fears

Universities respond after Uhuru order on closure of all schools

University of Nairobi joins list of closed down Kenyan universities over coronavirus fears

The University of Nairobi has become the latest institution of higher learning to suspend its operations due to fears of the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

On Monday, UoN through Vuice Chancellor Prof Gitahi Kiama issued an indefinite suspension of classes until the virus in contained.

The exams which were to start this week were also cancelled although the online classes will continue uninterrupted.

On Friday, Africa Nazarene University (ANU) became the first university to suspend on-campus classes after Kenya confirmed its first positive case of coronavirus.

According to ANU Vice Chancellor Stanley Bhebhe, health officials identified that the contact trace of the confirmed case includes Ongata Rongai where the university is located.

Multimedia University, which is also based in Ongata Rongai, also on Monday announced it was closing down its on-campus operations - effective immediately.

The development came after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all universities to close down by Friday as a prevention strategy against spread of coronavirus.

President Kenyatta further directed all day primary and secondary schools to close down from today while boarding schools were given till Wednesday this week.

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