Close down the University of Sydney amidst the coronavirus pandemic

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As of right now (15/03/2020), there are about 249 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia. Over the past two weeks, the prime minister has refused to implement necessary action in order to restrict the movement of people across New South Wales and the country. His decisions (or lack thereof) has now led to the first confirmed case of COVID-19 at the University of Sydney. The student allegedly had contact with 80 OTHER STUDENTS on campus and visited six locations including the Carslaw, Education and Physics Road building. 

My question remains; Why is the wellbeing of students not considered the number one priority at the university of Sydney? 

39 countries have already closed schools nation-wide including Poland and Brazil, many of which having a much lower number of confirmed cases in their country than ours. So it is time for the University to wake up and realise the immense risk they are putting their 70,000 students in.

As a student of the university, I feel as though my health and wellbeing is being ignored and I'm constantly being pressured to attend compulsory classes on campus. Education is extremely important but not more important than our health, which is why I urge you to sign this petition so that we can pressure the University to close down its campuses and move all learning material online and not make coming to tutorials, laboratories or workshops compulsory. 

I hope that you can understand where I am coming from, and choose to take considerable action (by signing this form) to pressure the University of Sydney to close before the coronavirus situation gets out of hand.

Read full article here: https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/03/15/confirmed-case-of-covid-19-at-sydney-university.html