The Multimedia University of Kenya has suspended all face to face classes and other student’s activities with immediate effects at its Mbagathi Campus that was set to resume classes on Monday.
According to a memo sent to the Engineering, Computing and Information Technology and Science and Technology schools, the University said the decision was informed by a rent, sudden spike in positive Covid-19 cases.
Students who reside in the university Halls should have vacated as the university shall be closed until further notice. Multimedia University now plans to continue offering online classes to their first-year students until the situation changes.
The latest comes in the backdrop of an announcement by the Ministry of Health that Covid-19 infections have surged, warning that a second wave is beckoning.
On October 5th, Cabinet Secretary George Magoha gave the green light for the resumption of studies with final year students and those in third years. Others were to follow weeks later but the exact date was not announced.
The institutions were allowed to re-open progressively for all other courses in strict conformity with the health ministry guidelines on the prevention of Covid-19, including social distance and provision of disinfections booths.
Although each institution had independent to decide when students in subsequent years return to school, a consensus seems to have been reached on having first years as part of those to be first to report back.
Science students in Year 2 and 3 were to report between October 21-30. Diploma, certificate, freshers, and post-graduate students were to resume their classes between November 2 and December 23.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Health announced 1,068 new covid-19 infections tested from a sample of 7,556. The total number of confirmed in the country now stand at 47,212 while the total number of recoveries stands at 33,050.
According to MoH, as for now, 27 patients are currently receiving care in the Intensive care Unit (ICU) while 45 are on supplementary oxygen, 27 are on ventilatory support while 12 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU)
MoH said that a total of 1,121 patience are admitted in various hospitals while 3,112 are on Home-based isolation and Care as for now.