South Africa Universities Record 22 Covid-19 Death

Recently, South Africa Universities have lost twenty staffs and two students to coronavirus. This was discovered by Mail& Guardian on the statistics universities shared with Universities South Africa (Usaf) on the coronavirus casualties.

In the statistics, Vaal University of Technology, Rhodes University, Walter Sisulu University and Stenllenbosch University lost two of their staff member each to the pandemic. The University of Cape Town made it known on Wednesday that seven staff members and one student have lost their lives to the virus.

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Also, universities of Johannesburg, the Witwatersrand, Limpopo, Nelson Mandela, Cape Peninsula and the Western Cape has lost one member each. A survey was also made to know the number of universities staffs and students that have contacted the virus. Some universities resume to disclose their statistics but these are what we are able to gather below:

The survey revealed that:

  • 107 students and staffs of the University of Pretoria have contacted the virus, most of them contracted the virus outside the campus;
  • UCT has 92 students and staff tested positive, 71 of them are staff members while the remaining 21 are students. Eight of the 21 students are from the faculty of health science. Meanwhile, 47 staff members have recovered from the virus;
  • 58 staff members of Nelson Mandela University have tested positive for the virus out of which 42 has recovered. Eleven students are tested positive and five have recovered;
  • The University of Free State has nine staff members who tested positive and four students;
  • At the Central University of Technology, two staff and three students have tested positive for the virus in their two campuses combine;
  • Sixty-one staff members and 23 students from Wits University have tested positive;
  • The University of North West had 20 cases who had tested positive for the virus as on Friday;
  • The University of Johannesburg has 67 staff members that are positive out of which 25 have recovered; 18 students tested positive with 8 recoveries;
  • At Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, one staff member and four students tested positive for the virus;
  • 19 staff members had tested positive and 18 have since recovered at the University of Western Cape. Sixteen students tested positive which have all recovered;
  • At the University of KwaZulu-Natal has 31 staff members and 16 students that have contracted the virus;
  • At Sefako Health Sciences University eight staff members and two students have tested positive for the virus;
  • The University of Venda has had three cases which are all staff members and they have all recovered;
  • The University of Limpopo have three positive staff members
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