Covid-19: Classes go back online for UMS students with three hostel blocks under EMCO


KOTA KINABALU: Movement within the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) here has been limited, as classes have all gone back online after an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases on campus.

UMS Suara Mahasiswa president Izzat Dahelan said three hostels within the campus have been placed under enhanced MCO from April 5 and movement within the entire university campus has been limited.

The three UMS hostels, KK Tun Mustapha, KK Tun Fuad and KK Tun Pengiran Ahmad Raffae, which houses several hundred students, are under EMCO until April 18.

There are currently about 3,000 students in the whole campus since they were allowed back earlier in March.

"Now, we are not allowed to go out of university grounds, order outside food or get our parents, relatives or friends to send food to the university," Izzat said.

Food and basic necessities are not an issue for the three hostel blocks under EMCO, as they have in-house cafes to cater to their needs.

Izzat also claimed that the university management failed to isolate the hostel blocks when the first suspected Covid-19 case emerged.

"We were allowed to enter and exit the UMS campus from March 26 for important matters, but we later found out that there was already a suspected positive case a day earlier on March 25," he claimed.

Izzat questioned why university management did not immediately stop movement of students in and out of the campus and isolate affected blocks while waiting for the results from health authorities.

A UMS source, however, said that the university had taken the necessary steps when the first case was suspected by screening close contacts of those involved.

On April 4, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Health Ministry had conducted 133 screenings in UMS, recording 19 Covid-19 cases.

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