By Seth Meyer
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 2 of VARSITY News.
On Thursday morning, March the 5th, South Africa woke up to its first confirmed case of COVID-19. President Cyril Ramaphosa prepared to brief the nation on Sunday the 15th of March, announcing the closure of schools and extension of school holidays. That same day, UCT confirmed its first case of Covid-19 from one of its staff members. The announcement went out that evening: UCT would be closing its campus and the 1st term vacation would commence immediately.
Since then, there have been seven confirmed cases of Covid-19 within the UCT community, and all learning and course work will take place online for the remainder of the semester. The second case was confirmed on Thursday the 19th of March, and was linked to the third confirmed case, a staff member within the same department. The fourth, fifth and sixth cases were confirmed on March the 23rd, 27th and 29th respectively, all of them students. The seventh and latest confirmed case is a UCT staff member.
UCT management, on April the 8th, announced that the first student case of Covid-19 has fully recovered and “left self-isolation late last week”.