In the face of the expansion of the COVID-19 coronavirus, UNAM and Tecnológico de Monterrey announced preventive measures within their facilities.
UNAM will begin to suspend mass activities and international travel as a preventive measure of COVID-19. This was reported by Dr. Samuel Ponce de León, a member of the University Commission for the Emergency Care of Coronavirus, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in a press conference.
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«From March 23we will have a suspension of some crowd-gathering activities. We will stop having seminars, congresses, diploma awards, for example,» said the academic of the Faculty of Medicine.
#BoletínUNAM UNAM reports > https://t.co/x4Xa4PRQCz pic.twitter.com/vlg1ngSZGu
— UNAM (@UNAM_MX) March 12, 2020
Meanwhile, Tecnológico de Monterrey announced the suspension of face-to-face classes in high school, professional and postgraduate from Tuesday, March 17, and will start virtual online programs from Monday 23rd.
This, in order to help slow down, slow and minimize the escalation of COVID-19 contagion.
It also announced the cancellation of all academic and university life events on the different campuses of the country. However, students who live in residences of the institution, will be able to stay in them or return to their home city in order to follow the online format.
Here’s the full communiqué: pic.twitter.com/4jEdahQU5z
— Tecnológico de Monterrey (@TecdeMonterrey) March 12, 2020
The institute explained that during the Easter holidays the continuity of these measures will be reassessed, and will announce the corresponding measures on its official mini-site.
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UNAM experts noted that this measure was taken considering the results of a mathematical model developed by the University. This model estimates that «indigenous transmission of the virus will be evident in late March, or early April».
«That implies that there is a transmission right now, that we don’t see, but that’s certainly happening,» Ponce de León said. The academic said this is the best time to start taking such actions gradually and «based on the best interest in public health rather than politics.»
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In this regard, it was also reported that international travel will be phased out from 19 March; and clarified that «this does not imply that borders should be closed, which are almost imaginary when talking about propagation.»
With regard to the possible suspension of classes, he said that there was no set date. But he noted that every campus of the university is planning what the development of academic life at a distance will be to be ready as soon as necessary.
In addition, in a statement UNAM confirmed that in accordance with the recommendations and opinions of its experts, it «will implement a series of preventive measures during the month of March, in the presence and imminent dispersion of COVID-19».
The University stressed that «next week preventive and health actions will be strengthened in all campuses and offices of the University». He also stated that he enlists an academic project so that eventually students and teachers could work from their homes. It should be noted that there is no foreseen, for now, the suspension of classes in the classrooms, but the number of massive events in closed places will be reduced.
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