University Records Over 100 New Covid-19 Cases

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The University of Pretoria has recorded over a 100 new Covid-19 cases over the last few days. Officials have expressed concern towards on campus university outbreaks and spreading.


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Over 100 students at the University of Pretoria test positive for Covid-19, not long after Minster Blade Nzimande expresses concern of possible outbreaks in higher education institutions.

The students who have tested positive are suspected to have contracted the virus off-campus at bar or pub that students frequently go to. Since then strict Covid-19 protocols have been put in place to handle the situation.

The institution's spokesperson Rikus Delport said:

Students who tested positive have been isolated either at home or in facilities that have been approved by the Department of Health, they are not isolated in any of UP’s residences. Contact tracing is currently under way and all the relevant authorities have been notified and the university is working closely with them to implement the necessary precautions.

Since the 19th of March, 116 students have tested positive at the university, and authorities fear that this might spread because of the clustered environment of a university, but they believe that they are prepared.

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, addressed the matter and said:

We are aggressively working on contact tracing with the help of the Department of Health and have tested and screened a large number of students and staff over the last few days. Higher Health is still screening and testing this week, for which results are still awaited. There is a probability that the number of positive cases may rise.

The Minister further said that Higher Health has organised training of more than 180 staff members working in security, residences, cleaning staff, student support, among others, on all COVID-19 protocols and disinfection measures.

Nzimande confirmed that currently only the University of Pretoria has experienced a small cluster outbreak. However, there are pockets of positive cases in other universities and TVET colleges. These cases are not yet classified as cluster outbreaks.

Tshwane University of Technology says, they are ready for any Covid-19 related issues because, their students are their main concern. 

Prof Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO of  Higher Health, says if outbreaks continue they will begin a  cluster investigation forum. 

He says:

With the help of local goh we do a massive screening and contact tracing and testing program. A test people early, isolate people early, quarantine people who are positive, break the chain of the outbreaks so that the virus doesn't spread

UP is taking immediate action to control the situation at campus. 


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