UUM closed for 4 days to curb spread of Covid-19

UUM says lectures will be held online and those already on campus will not be allowed to leave.

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) has closed its campus at Sintok, Kedah, for four days to stop transmission of Covid-19.

A staff member who works at the campus told FMT that several students may have been tested positive but “we were not told about the actual number of infected cases”.

“We hope the university will inform us,” he said.

In an internal memo dated Oct 4 sighted by FMT, the university advised all staff to work from home from today to Thursday.

“This is to curb the transmission of Covid-19 on the campus and the surrounding areas,” the circular said, adding that all lectures will be held online.

It said staff offering essential services, such as at the cafe, bank, supermarket and other business premises in the campus, will be allowed in while others will be barred entry.

“Students are not allowed in unless they have the permission of the vice-chancellor,” it said.

UUM said students already on campus will not be allowed to leave the university.

“For those with families, only the head of the family will be allowed to buy essentials that are not available on the campus,” it said.

The memo said students at Yayasan Al-Bukhary will be monitored round the clock and no one will be allowed to exit the building.

It also advised all staff and students with Covid-19 symptoms to carry out medical swabs.

Meanwhile, Kubang Pasu deputy police chief Chien Chunng Tsaur said 10 UUM students had tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday and had been sent to the Alor Setar Hospital.

The affected students, he said, were part of UUM’s Reserve Training Officer Unit (Palapes).

He said the new cases in UUM brought the total number of cases at the campus to 11, with the earlier case recorded on Oct 2.

The earlier case involved a student arriving from Sabah on Sept 20. Chien said the student was not swabbed on arrival at the airport. He, however, did not mention which airport this was.

He said UUM’s main campus will be closed from noon today for precautions, while a students’ hostel, called Inapan Siswa Yayasan AlBukhary, would also be closed to outsiders.