UPSA prepares for shutdown over coronavirus, bans foreign travels for staff, students

The University of Professional Studies, Accra has banned all foreign travels for its staff and students as Ghana records two cases of coronavirus.

An emergency preparedness plan developed by the university and sighted by UPSANEWSROOM.com Thursday has revealed travels to countries such as “China, Italy, Iran, Korea, France, Spain, Germany, USA Switzerland and Japan [are] prohibited.”

“All official, university-related, non-essential international travel is suspended until further notice,” the document read.

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The contingency plan by the university forms part of a directive issued by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to all schools to prepare for the worst as the country battles its first cases of the coronavirus infection.

Ghana joined over 100 countries that have now reported laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The two cases of coronavirus infection were announced hours after the president pledged $100 million to the fight of the disease.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has assured the nation the government, health officials and partners are working to address the situation.

But the NCTE has directed the universities to prepare a contingency plan in the event the government orders shutdown of all schools.

The document prepared by the University of Professional Studies, Accra took into consideration online educational resources and plan for large scale delivery of distance education to its students in the event of an outbreak of the disease.

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