Wits University has cancelled all contact classes after a student tested positive for COVID-19, the university’s executive has announced.
“All contact teaching university activities involving face to face interaction are postponed, including tests for Monday 16 March 2020. All students are requested to remain at home or confine themselves to their rooms in the residence,” they said.
This development comes at a time when the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared coronavirus as a global pandemic.
On Sunday 15 March President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on measures to combat Coronavirus in South Africa.
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In his address, he encouraged people to follow the social distancing policy and avoid unnecessary traveling by buses or taxis.
“It is essential therefore that we minimize the risk of the spread of the virus by limiting contact amongst groups of people. Gatherings of more than 100 people will be prohibited,” said Ramaphosa.
Wits University has encouraged students to follow the social distancing policy and to limit interactions as much as possible. Eating arrangements will also be made for students.
“Special arrangements are being made for students who usually eat in dining halls,” said the university executive.
The university also noted that they will keep the Wits students informed as to plans from Tuesday onwards after consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of Higher Education and training.