- A North West school has been forced to close after its principal tested positive for Covid-19
- The Department of Education explained that the 56-year-old had sought medical attention due to not feeling well
- The school's head has since tested positive for the virus after displaying symptoms
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A North West school's reopening was short-lived with a case of Covid-19 confirmed before it even got the opportunity to welcome back students.
In a statement issued on the situation, the provinces Department of Education confirmed that the school's principal had indeed tested positive for the virus.
Regional spokesperson Elias Malini commented that the doctor had immediately suggested a Covid-19 test after noting that the principal was displaying symptoms:
"The results confirmed the positive status on Tuesday and immediately the principal was subjected to a 14 days self-quarantine."
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The school had been preparing for the re-opening on June 8 with management allowed to return in order to get things ready to receive school children.
The province's education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela signalled shock at the news, commenting that:
"As the department, we are very much shocked to learn about this news. We are working with the department of health who have advised us to close the school with immediate effect. We will rely on their expert advice throughout this period."
The MEC promised that the school's doors would not open until thorough investigations proved that the coast is clear.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that a consignment of Personal Protective Equipment was intercepted en route to the KwaZulu-Natal province and has simply 'disappeared'.
The department lamented the incident, saying that it would take millions to replace the critical equipment.
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