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COVID-19 third wave: UNIPORT directs compulsory use of face masks

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The management of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) on Monday made compulsory the use of face masks in its campuses over concerns of the third wave of COVID-19 in the country.

Recall that the Federal Government on Sunday put six states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on red alert following the emergence and possible rising cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 infection.

The affected states are Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau and the nation’s capital, FCT.

The institution in a statement by its chairman of UNIPORT’s Steering Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Siminialayi Iyeopu, said the university is worried about the rising number of new cases and hospitalisation from the pandemic hence the mandatory use of face masks to be enforced from Monday, July 19.

“Every member of the university must wear a face mask and observe all Coronavirus protocols for all indoor activities, including examinations and lectures, as well as meetings.

“All staff, students and visitors to UNIPORT are required to wash their hands regularly or use hand sanitisers while adhering strictly to social distancing regulations,” the statement read.



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