TOMSK, Jan 30 – RIA Tomsk. Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) will help catch up missed
classes for students – citizens of China who are on vacation and can’t return
to the beginning of the semester; there are about 70 such students,
representative of the university’s press service told RIA Tomsk answering about
the consequences of closing the Russian border in the Far East.
It was previously reported that the first outbreak of
pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus was recorded in the Chinese city
of Wuhan at the end of December 2019. According to Izvestia with reference to
Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human
Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor), as on January 29, 5999 cases were registered in
China, 132 people died. Also, cases have been recorded in Australia, South
Korea, Nepal, Malaysia, Japan, the United States, France, Canada and the UAE.
According to TASS on Thursday, on January 30, Russian
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order to close the Russian border in
the Far East as one of the measures for the non-proliferation of coronavirus.
"Today, about 300 students from China study at
Tomsk Polytechnic University. According to the university, about 70 of them
spend their holidays at home ... With each student who, due to the situation
associated with the spread of coronavirus in China, will not be able to return
to Tomsk by the beginning of the semester, the issue will be resolved
individually", – the agency’s interlocutor said.
He added that it will be possible to catch up for missed
classes with the help of an individual study schedule or with the help of
academic leave for six months – everything will depend on the volume of missed
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As follows from the official order of the Ministry of
Education and Science of the Russian Federation “On measures to prevent the
spread of coronavirus infection”, posted on Thursday on the website of the
ministry, founders of the higher education institutions are advised to extend
or provide Chinese students who are currently at home with vacations until
March 2, 2020, and also consider the possibility of their distance learning.
It was also previously reported that the virus can be
transmitted through the respiratory tract, like acute respiratory infection.
Sanitary and quarantine control in the Tomsk region due to the threat of the
spread of coronavirus is carried out only at the air border – that is, at the
airport of Tomsk. The regional department of Rospotrebnadzor instructed Tomsk
doctors to monitor the status of university students returning after the
holidays from China, who could catch a coronavirus.