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Myriad coronavirus cases detected among university students, lecturers as offline study resumes in Saigon

Myriad coronavirus cases detected among university students, lecturers as offline study resumes in Saigon

Thursday, February 24, 2022, 17:13 GMT+7
Myriad coronavirus cases detected among university students, lecturers as offline study resumes in Saigon
A student scans his student ID before entering the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tran Nam / Tuoi Tre

Many COVID-19 cases have been recorded among students and lecturers at universities in Ho Chi Minh City after in-person learning was resumed in mid-February.

Vo Van Tuan, vice-president of Van Lang University, said that the school has restored offline study for more than a week.

A lot of students have contracted COVID-19, Tuan continued, adding that the exact number has not been calculated.

Meanwhile, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology has detected about 10 coronavirus cases since February 14.

At the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics and Finance, eight students, one lecturer, and three staff members have tested positive for the virus.

About 40 students at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry are now quarantined at home after coming into contact with COVID-19 patients.

Nguyen Truong Thinh, a senior lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, stated that the school has allowed students of practical subjects to return to classes in the past two weeks.

Four COVID-19 cases have been reported and handled in accordance with regulations, Thinh continued.

As students of theoretical subjects are expected to attend in-person learning next week, the school has prepared plans to prevent large gatherings of students at the same time.

Each class can also decide whether online or offline study suits them the most.

Students attend in-person learning at the University of Economics and Finance in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Bich / Tuoi Tre

Students attend in-person learning at the University of Economics and Finance in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Bich / Tuoi Tre

At Van Lang University, students who got COVID-19, as well as their direct contacts, can attend online lessons during their home quarantine.

If lecturers contract the virus, they will switch to remote teaching.

If they are unable to teach due to bad health, a substitute will be assigned.

Students and lectures will be permitted to attend in-person classes once they test negative for the pathogen.

A similar approach is also applied at the University of Economics and Finance, said Truong Thi Ngoc Binh, director of the school’s information and communication center.

Ho Chi Minh City has documented over 523,500 local infections since the fourth virus wave hit the country last April.

Health workers in the city of nine million have administered 8.1 million first vaccine shots, 7.3 million second doses, and 4.6 million third jabs.

The majority of university students in the metropolis resumed in-person learning on February 14 after the activity had been suspended since early May last year due to the serious outbreak.

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