The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has extended the deadline issued to students to vacate halls of residence over COVID-19 to Friday.

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NAN reports that Nonye Oguama, the institution’s principal assistant registrar, broke the news on Thursday.

The varsity had on Wednesday ordered students to leave its hostels while it also suspended physical classes to contain the spread of the novel disease.

The directive had come amid panic after the institution recorded an increase in the number of persons within the varsity community with symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

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The institution had originally asked the students to vacate the halls of residence by 12 pm on Thursday.

But according to Oguama, the deadline has now been extended till 12 pm on Friday.

She said the extension was to ease the burden of transportation on the students.

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Oguama also dismissed claims in some quarters that the institution asked the students to return to campus on Monday.

She said the varsity will not take any decision that can put the lives of its students at risk.

“This is fake news and did not originate from the university,” Oguama said.

She said the institution maintains its earlier stance that lectures for the remaining part of the semester would be delivered virtually with effect from July 26.

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