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Wits student tests positive for coronavirus

Wits University says one of its students has tested positive for the coronavirus. The university says that the medical student has been quarantined since last Wednesday. Wits said says the student was asymptomatic and attended classes last Monday and Tuesday, without knowing that he/she had contracted the virus.

In light of this, the university has made the following immediate decisions; The cancellation of all contact classes for the Graduate Entry Medical Programme 1 – MBBCh 3 classes. The academic programme will continue online. All students in the affected student’s class have been instructed to go into self-quarantine for 14 days with immediate effect. The Faculty is personally reaching out to each of the 350 students who could be affected. They will receive the full support of the Faculty, including the requisite monitoring and testing.


The Dean of Students, Mr Jerome September will coordinate arrangements for students who live in residences, and who require self-isolation. All students who require assistance should contact Thembelihle Dlamini on 0728390223. Those who require counselling can call the 24 hour Wits student support number on 0800 111 331. The university has also called an emergency crisis meeting.

“The Wits Senior Executive Team is meeting this afternoon to decide on the way forward for the Faculty and all other University activities,” the university said in a statement. An update will follow this evening. In the interim, we appeal to the Wits community to remain calm. Please be assured that we are managing this issue and making decisions based on the best medical advice available.

“This is an anxiety-causing time for the university community and the country as a whole. However, if we all take a pragmatic approach to this pandemic it is very likely that the country will get through this crisis. Importantly, it is everybody’s responsibility to protect themselves so that we also protect all other South Africans and most importantly the most vulnerable in our society. We will get through this difficult period together.

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Source: eNCA