Coronavirus Outbreak: Jamia Hamdard to remain closed till 31 March 2020

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New Delhi: In pursuance of the directive of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, Jamia Hamdard will remain closed from 20th March to 31st March 2020. No official activities during this period shall be carried out unless it is emergent.

All examinations, if any, shall stand postponed till 31st March, 2020 and the teaching and non-teaching staffs are advised to remain at home.

Jamia Hamdard continues to strongly support the initiative of Government to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the current outbreak of COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions imposed with it. The University prioritise students’ health and wellbeing.

All students/faculty and staff are directed to stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through our national and local public health authority.

COVID-19 is still affecting people in India. Given the scale of the global outbreak, the government cannot go it alone. To ride out this storm, all hands on deck, skills and communities are needed.

The University has discontinued all face-to-face lectures and classes from March 13, 2020. Non-essential gatherings and social events, sports and cultural activities are cancelled. The authority/administration will inform the students when class resumes. The University continues to strategize on delivery methods for activity, lab, and other courses that can be taught online. All classes are suspended till March 31, 2020 and the University will remain closed till 31 March 2020.

University has already enhanced infection control and cleaning measures in place, and has finalised guidelines on social distancing protocols for the safest environment and has prioritised health and safety of students and teachers community.

Good hygiene practices are the most effective means of minimising the spread of COVID-19, and the University continue to encourage these practices.

The University issues following recommendations

Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth without sanitising
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose off the used tissue immediately in a closed dustbin.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

The University is doing everything that it can to reduce rates of infection in the community and will continually update with further information and look forward for active cooperation of students and teachers in this endeavour.