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Ontario university student calling for all schools in Canada to be closed amid COVID-19 outbreak

Ryan Han created a petition online that is gaining lots of traction
DO NOT USE sign in old location
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WATERLOO — A University of Waterloo student is raising concerns about the potential for a COVID-19 spread on university campuses. 

Ryan Han has taken matter into his own hands by created a petition calling for the closure of all schools in Canada. 

The petition went public back in January when the virus was in its early stages. He said the priority has since changed. 

"I posted that petition many to encourage to make a plan, not to literally close the schools, but at this point I think it's 100 per cent necessary for the schools to close."

Han said if there is a case in schools, it will be too late. "In this case a single infected student can cause a lot of damage that we can't undo."

Meantime, the University of Waterloo is responding to concerns about COVID-19. 

"We continue to be in touch with public health authorities on this issue and monitor global affairs and travel advisories. We have still been advised that the risk in Waterloo Region is low," said Matthew Grant, Director of Media Relations at the University of Waterloo.

As of right now University of Waterloo classes will continue. 

"We have been looking at what we might have to do in the future, we have been looking at current needs, and we do take our advice from public health. At this point public health has not advised us to change the way that education is delivered. 

Conestoga College released a statement saying they are working along side Public Health to monitor the situation: 

"We have enacted a number of measures at Conestoga to reduce potential risks, including the provision of personal protection information and resources to community members, the enhancement of sanitation and disinfection protocols at all campuses, and the suspension of large-scale events and non-essential travel."

570 NEWS has reached out to Wilfrid Laurier University. 


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