A number of schools in the United States of America are sending students home.
Harvard University is moving to virtual classes because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The university has told students to move out of their dorms in five days, according to university spokeswoman Rachael Dane.
“Harvard College students have been asked to move out of their Houses and First-Year Dorms by Sunday, March 15, in an effort to de-densify our community,” Dane told CNN in an email. All academic courses will continue to be held remotely, she added.
Harvard spokesman Jason Newton said any meetings on campus after March 23 will be virtual.
Harvard President Lawrence Bacow announced earlier on Tuesday that the university will transition to online classes by March 23, the first day of classes after spring break, due to challenges posed by the coronavirus.
Students were asked to not to return to Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts after spring break “to protect the health” of the community.
Students who need to remain on campus will attend classes remotely and should prepare for severely limited activities on campus, according to the university.
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