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Boston University halts all sports after coronavirus cases increase on campus

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With coronavirus cases on the rise as students return to the Boston University campus for the spring semester, the BU’s athletics department said on Wednesday it would suspend all athletic activities for the remainder of the month of January.

BU in the past seven days has reported 122 positive COVID-19 tests and 116 students are currently in isolation.

The university’s four basketball and ice hockey programs are currently in season and their schedule games for this weekend have been postponed.

The rest of the teams are expected to resume training in February. This break will include all team and individual training sessions.

“Overall, our student-athletes and staff have done an outstanding job in helping to stop the spread of this virus within their teams and our department,” said Athletics Division Director Drew Marrochello, in a press release. “However, at this time, we believe that suspending all activities is a prudent decision that will improve our chances of safely returning all of our teams to training and competition in the weeks to come.

The decision to suspend was taken by the administration after consultation with BU Student Health Services.

The spring semester started on Monday. All returning students must undergo three negative COVID-19 tests during a seven-day quarantine before being allowed into shared spaces on campus.

The battle of Comm. The avenue between BU and BC was supposed to be this weekend.

BC Hockey tweeted on Wednesday: “Our games against BU this weekend have been postponed. Stay tuned to @hockey_east for more calendar updates. ”

Later this week, BU officials will determine the impact of this break on events scheduled beyond the weekend.

Via: www.bostonherald.com

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