- A Grade R student at Richards Bay Primary School in northern KwaZulu-Natal has tested positive for the coronavirus
- MEC Kwazi Mshengu has confirmed that the school has since been placed under lockdown
- This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa's declaration that schools should close early for the holidays
A Grade R pupil at Richards Bay Primary School in northern KwaZulu-Natal has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Eduction MEC for the province, Kwazi Mshengu, according to TimesLIVE confirmed that the school has since gone on lockdown after 17 students who shared a class reportedly began showing symptoms:
"We can confirm one Grade R learner from Richards Bay Primary tested positive. We understand her mother works at one of the banks and deals with the foreign exchange of money. Seventeen of the learners at school are showing signs related to coronavirus. We received this info this morning and instructed that the school be locked down."
Mshengu commented that the mother of the child had also tested positive for Covid-19, with sources confirming that the school had indeed been shut down.
The Department of Health has yet to confirm the case, set to be one of the first instances of local transmission.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had declared a national disaster on Sunday evening, confirming that schools across South Africa would close earlier to help prevent the continued spread of the virus.
Take a look at just a few responses to the incident below:
Joys Motau Waga Kutumela - "Once it gets to children it will be a little bit hard to control. Children love to play with their friends and they touch everything and then themselves. It's hard monitoring young children cause they're always so energetic and telling them to avoid things they do on a daily basis is hard, they'll follow the rules for 30 minutes or less and after that, they've forgotten all about it."
Phindile Zama - "I thank the principal of the school that my kid goes to. She called urgent parents' meeting telling us that the school is going to be closed until this corona thing has settled, it was two weeks back."
Ugochukwu Kenneth Chijindu - "Please let's not panic as this epidemic will soon be curtailed and eradicated, but everyone should put hands on deck to make this a success, adequate preventive measures should be taken."
Mofuli Thabo - "The president made a good call indeed by closing schools early. I must say we are blessed for now as a country, because the virus didn't take any life so far."
Phumzile Mphahlele - "Schools should have been closed the day they said don't panic. The poor grade Rs and their families."
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