9 University of Nairobi Staff Test Positive for Covid-19

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Nine more University of Nairobi staff tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19). Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Kiama announced on Friday, July 24.

This brings the total tally of cases recorded at UoN to 14.

Out of the 14, 10 are members of staff and the other four are their dependents.

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Three active members of staff and one retired staff passed away with fatalities at the institution tallying at four.

“It is a difficult period for our country and the UoN community.  I convey my condolences to the affected families and pray to the almighty God to give them comfort and strength to overcome the pain and loss.

“I also wish a quick recovery to all those who have tested positive. These are not mere statistics,” Kiama stated.

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On Wednesday, July 15, Kiama postponed reopening the university after Covid-19 deaths were recorded. The institution was scheduled to resume classes in September 2020.

The VC noted that the Ministry of Health indicated the virus cases will peak in November 2020.

However, virtual graduation will go as planned, with September 25 scheduled as graduation date for PhDs, Masters, Bachelors, Diplomas and fellowships students.

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Kiama added that continuing students will commence the new academic year virtually in September after the Senate announces new dates.

The academic calendar for the first-year class of 2020/21 will also be released at a later date. Joining instructions and guidelines for conducting the online orientation will also be shared out.

The Ministry of Education is currently touring universities, colleges and TVETs to evaluate their level of preparedness before being cleared to resume studies in September 2020.

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As of Friday, July 24, Kenya recorded 16, 268 positive Covid-19 cases, 274 fatalities and 7,446 recoveries.

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