Coronavirus misinformation is rife.
In the wake of the Trinity College decision to close lecture halls and deliver all lectures online for the rest of the semester, Cork Institute of Technology has moved to quell all rumours and remind Cork students that the CIT campus in Bishopstown remains open until further notice.
A statement released to CIT’s 17,000 students this evening by the CIT Emergency Management Team said that the college is monitoring the situation as it relates to the Covid-19 virus on a daily basis as it evolves both locally and nationally.
“Firstly, contrary to various recent rumours, CIT has no immediate active plans to close any campus.” reads the statement.
“We are engaged in ongoing contingency planning, particularly in the event of any campus closure, to ensure that critical services are maintained.”
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) March 10, 2020
A spokesperson said the team is reviewing significant planned events and advising on a case by case basis.
Meanwhile, students at University College Cork have slammed the college for failing to update the college population about any potential closure.
So Trinity have just shut down, and Ryanair have grounded all flights to Italy. Meanwhile in UCC… 🤔
— Dave Alton 📲 (@Dave_Alton) March 10, 2020
An anonymous poster using the Twitter account @ucconfessions wrote:
“Being a student with bad asthma and a history of respiratory illness, the coronavirus is fucking terrifying. I’ve been out the last 2 weeks sick already and can’t afford to take more time off but if I get this virus it will kill me, yet UCC fail to update students on the possibility of closure?”
Meanwhile, the Department of Education has confirmed there is no current plan to suspend classes at primary and secondary schools across Ireland. The situation is being monitored and parents and teachers will be updated on a daily basis.