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Nzimande: All higher education institutions to shut down due to COVID-19

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has announced the shutting down of all higher education institutions because of the coronavirus.

FILE: Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said that no South African students studying abroad had so far been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The minister on Tuesday afternoon announced measures that the Higher Education sector had put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19.

He said that all tertiary institutions would go on early recess from Wednesday.

Minister Nzimande said that while no South African students studying abroad had tested positive for COVID-19 they must keep in touch with their nearest South African missions.

Nzimande also announced that all students should not travel abroad and said that those who may have critical reasons should consult the relevant authorities within their institutions.

The minister said that all tertiary institutions would be closed from Wednesday and students were set to return on 15 April based on the assessment of the coronavirus.

WATCH: Higher Education Minister Nzimande briefs media on COVID-19 measures

To track the latest developments around the coronavirus both in South Africa and abroad, click on this live status report from Strategix.

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