Lectures at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been suspended and all residences closed. The decision follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement declaring the coronavirus pandemic a national disaster.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa have risen to 61, Ramaphosa announced on Sunday.

The university says in a statement that students have 72 hours from Monday to vacate the residences. The first term vacation would have started next Saturday but will now commence immediately.

UCT has not yet decided when the second term will commence but is considering ways of continuing lectures.

The university says it will communicate a broader plan regarding online learning by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) as well as University of Witwatersrand (Wits) have cancelled all classes and tests.

Students from both the UJ and Wits are advised to stay at home or at their residences, as all classes have been cancelled until further notice.

Students have also been advised to avoid face-to-face interactions as much as possible. At UJ, all graduation ceremonies including those scheduled for Monday have also been postponed until further notice.

At Wits, the medical student who tested positive for the coronavirus is currently in quarantine.

Below is a timeline of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa