Cornell University Closes Down Over Serious Covid Outbreak

Cornell University has closed its campus and reverted to online mode for final exams following the infection of 903 students who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

In a report by Mic, the infected students were fully vaccinated and some had received booster shots and many of the cases were identified as the Omicron variant. About 97 percent of the students’ body is fully vaccinated.

None of the people who contracted the disease was hospitalized and transmission among professors and members of staff is low.

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“While I want to provide reassurance that, to date, we have not seen severe illness in any of our infected students, we do have a role to play in reducing the spread of the disease in the broader community,” university president Martha E. Pollack wrote in a statement addressing her decision to close campus.

Both Princeton and New York University have also canceled in-person activities.

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