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University of Pretoria takes precautionary measures against spread of coronavirus

A letter to staff and students confirms that UP is temporarily disabling biometric scanning. The University of Pretoria (UP) will temporarily disable biometric access systems to stop any potential spread of the novel coronavirus, which has now infected two people in South Africa.

While the first positive case has been traced to a patient living in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal, the university has already acted on the advice of medical experts.

A letter to staff and students confirms that UP is temporarily disabling biometric scanning.

“The process will take a few days to implement, and we’re hoping to have the systems on all campuses disabled by the middle of next week. Staff and students are still required to use their valid access cards to scan in and out at all entrance gates,” the letter read.

“We take the issue seriously and are closely monitoring the situation while working with a team of health experts as well as the relevant authorities, including the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.”

On Saturday, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed a second case of the novel coronavirus in Gauteng.

A 39-year-old woman, who was part of the same travel group to Italy as the first case, has been diagnosed with the virus.

On Thursday, Mkhize released a statement saying the National Institute for Communicable Diseases had confirmed the first positive test – a 38-year-old man from KwaZulu-Natal.

More than 300 people have been tested for the coronavirus.

In other news – Pabi Moloi arrested

One thing about life is, once you accept that you wronged something and you apologize, that is what is called wisdom. Thursday night would be a night of regret for media personality Pabi Moloi after she was arrested after a night out on the town.

Pabi Moloi

Pabi, after a couple of drinks on Thursday night, decided to drive herself home and got pulled over by the police. continue reading

Source: The Citizen

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