Coronavirus: Sandton school closes over contamination concerns

Coronavirus: Sandton school closes over contamination concerns

- Yet another school has closed in the face of concerns relating to the coronavirus outbreak

- This time Sandton's Grayston Preparatory School was shut down after a teacher came into contact with the virus

- This comes after three confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus were announced by the Department of Health

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Grayston Preparatory School has opted to shut its doors on Monday over concerns emanating from the coronavirus.

News24 reports that one of its teachers had come into contact with the 10 people who holidayed together in Italy, contracting the virus along the way.

The teacher in question is allegedly in self-quarantine, with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in the process of testing for the virus.

Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona confirmed that they were aware of the decision to close for the day, with officials heading to the premises in a bid to obtain further information.

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The Department of Health, according to Mabona, would be in the best position to give the school guidance in the matter.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize's spokesperson Lwazi Manzi promised to give an update on the situation later on Monday. reported that a 38-year-old KwaZulu-Natal man that had joined the trip to Italy would later be confirmed as South Africa's first positive case.

Later, a 39-year-old Gauteng woman also tested positive and confirmed that she had been in direct contact with the group.

The third case was the first patient's wife, who had also tested positive for the disease despite isolation efforts.

The Department of Health has assured citizens that every effort was being taken to trace those who had potentially come into contact with the virus in a bid to limit its spread.

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