University classes in California are moving online ahead of the fall semester due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement was made shortly after US top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told Congress that lifting the sweeping lockdowns could trigger new outbreaks of the illness, which has so far killed some 81,000 Americans and devastated the world’s largest economy.
Chancellor of California State University said classes at its 23 campuses would be canceled for the fall semester amid projections that indicate the coronavirus pandemic will continue to have a significant impact into autumn.
Adding to the forecast, Los Angeles County Health Director Barbara Ferrer told Reuters that stay-at-home curbs for 10 million residents, including the city of Los Angeles, would probably remain in place, in some form, through the summer.
California’s state university system is the largest of its kind in the United States.