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UWI feels COVID sting as cases mount

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2021 | 12:24 AM
A building looms in the background of a statue of Philip Sherlock at The University of the West Indies, Mona. There are fresh safety concerns at the campus as coronavirus cases mount.
A building looms in the background of a statue of Philip Sherlock at The University of the West Indies, Mona. There are fresh safety concerns at the campus as coronavirus cases mount.

The University of the West Indies, Mona campus, has suspended face-to-face clinical rotations for three weeks effective March 9.

Third-year medical students had just started the clinical portion of their studies in January but are now being forced to take a retreat with COVID-19 fears mounting on the campus.

This as a number of departments in several faculties on the campus have been shuttered.

The latest announcement by university administrators put the students’ course of study in limbo three weeks before the Easter holidays.

The Gleaner understands that there has been an outbreak on Irvin Hall.

Urged to isolate

Correspondence to residents on the hall on February 24, a copy of which The Gleaner has obtained, indicated that they might have been exposed to the coronavirus.

They were told by Simone Williams, the students services and development manager of the hall, to remain in their rooms and urged not to use the kitchen and common areas.

Five floors had residents who had contracted COVID-19, The Gleaner understands.

Some of the students on the hall have complained about the quality of the food prepared during quarantine.

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