TOMSK, Mar 16 – RIA Tomsk. Two more Tomsk universities announced the transition to distance learning from March 17 in connection with the threat of the spread of coronavirus: on Monday evening, the press service of Siberian State Medical University (SSMU) and Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building (TSUAB) announced the decision.
Earlier it was reported that as one of the preventive measure in schools and kindergartens of the Tomsk region from Tuesday free access is allowed. Some universities of Tomsk decided to follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Science and are planning to transfer students to online education in the near future. On Monday, classes in the classrooms were canceled by the pedagogical university, students of Tomsk Polytechnic will go to "distance learning" from Tuesday.
“In order to prevent influenza, SARS and a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), students, interns, graduate students, postgraduate students of advanced training courses of Siberian State Medical University will be transferred to a distance learning format from March 17. It is assumed that this measure will be valid until March 28”, - an employee of the press service of SSMU told RIA Tomsk.
In turn, the press service of TSUAB also announced the transition to distance learning from March 17. In the educational buildings and student dormitories of TSUAB will be carried out all necessary sanitary measures.
"Educational materials will be available in personal accounts of students in the e-learning system of TSUAB, and if necessary, lectures and consultations of teachers in the online format will be organized. Schoolchildren attending training courses at TSUAB will also receive information remotely", - is said in the message.
An outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was recorded in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. The disease is called COVID-19. According to Izvestia, as of on the evening of March 16, more than 171 thousand people were infected in the world, more than 77 thousand were cured, and more than 6.5 thousand died. In Russia, the diagnosis was confirmed in 93 patients, including two in Kemerovo. Preliminary diagnosis was made to one resident of Krasnoyarsk.