Coronavirus scare at Wits university, medical student now in quarantine, classes cancelled


A medical student from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg was under quarantine on Friday after being exposed to a person who has since tested positive for the coronavirus, the university said.

“The student is being monitored closely and has not displayed any symptoms of Covid-19,” according to the statement posted on the university's social media platforms.

The medical faculty also cancelled clinical activities for Friday.

According to a brief statement by Wits' Covid-19 management committee, the student is being monitored.

"[The student] has not displayed any symptoms of Covid-19.

"The student has been screened and test results are expected later today. However, as a precautionary measure, the faculty has cancelled the clinical activities scheduled for the student's class today (Friday)," the statement read.

On Thursday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and health department placed the number of positive cases at 16.

Eight cases were reported in KwaZulu-Natal, six are in Gauteng, while there is one each in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga.

Meanwhile, a Gauteng couple who tested positive for the disease was awaiting test results on Friday before they could be discharged from the hospital.

They would then still have to be in self-isolation at home before they would be given the green light.

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