Unisa Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.

  • This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. 
  • The virus is contagious between people
  • Those with vulnerable immune systems are at high risk
  • South Africa's ports of entry are being monitored for the virus

The virus is transmitted  through respiratory droplets that are airborne, shared objects such as clothes, utensils and furniture that carry infection, faecal-oral contact : similar to how Influenza and how other respiratory pathogens are spread

The health, safety, and well-being of UNISANS  on and off campus is our top priority. At this time, there is no indication that UNISA campuses are affected, but contingency planning is well underway and we will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed.

Resources to consult


What should I do if I think I have coronavirus?

Call the hotline number  080 002 9999 phone service for further advice.

If you have insurance or medical aid:

  • Call your GP  or the nearest Blood lab, Ampath, Du Buisson or a similar lab-group to assist you.
  • Do not go before calling the medical team, so that they can prepare themselves to assist you on your arrival.

If you do not have medical aid:

  • Visit a listed government hospital



Designated Hospital

Designated Referral Hospital




Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

Parktown, Johannesburg

012 354 1826


Steve Biko Hospital


Steve Biko Road, Pretoria

012 354 1000


Thembisa Hospital


Hospital View,Tembisa

011 926 8445

Free state

Pelonomi Hospital


Heidedal, Bloemfontein

051 405 1911


Kimberley Hospital


Civic Centre, Kimberley

053 802 9111

Eastern Cape

Livingston Hospital


Lindsay Rd, Port Elizabeth

041 405 9111

Cape Town

Tygerberg Hospital

Tygerberg Hospital


021 938 4911

KwaZulu Natal

Greys Hospital


Hill, Pietermaritzburg

033 897 3000


Rob Ferreira Hospital


Sonheuwel, Nelspruit

013 741 3031


Polokwane Hospital


Cnr. Hospital & Dorp St, Polokwane

015 287 5000


Klerksdorp Hospital


Neserhof, Klerksdorp

018 406 4600

How to cope with Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness, and uncertainty are normal during a pandemic. The following strategies can assist with managing the stress:

  • Reading the news from reliable sources
  • Recognizing the things you can control, like having good hygiene
  • Practicing self-care
  • Seeking help from professionals if necessary

You can also contact UNISA Student Health and Wellness should you feel overwhelmed and stressed, requiring to speak to someone as follows:

Publish date: 2020-03-13 00:00:00.0