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UJ student who has not travelled abroad tests positive for Covid-19

31 March 2020 - 14:33 By TimesLIVE
A staff member and a student at UJ have contracted Covid-19.
A staff member and a student at UJ have contracted Covid-19.

A student and a staff member at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) have tested positive for Covid-19.

"The staff member travelled to Europe in early March, but since returning to South Africa has not been to the university and, as such, has not made any contact with any staff member or student," the university said in a statement.

"The student, however, had not travelled anywhere outside the country."

Those with whom she had been in contact have not shown signs of Covid-19 symptoms, said the university.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is aware of both cases.

UJ said the staff member and student are both following the required protocols while receiving the necessary medical support at home. 

A drive-through Covid-19 testing station opened on March 26 2020 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. The testing station is run by Health Insite in partnership with Mullah laboratories and is fully compliant. HealthInsite says the station offers an alternative to standing in long queues at labs or state hospitals, which can put people at risk.