Covid-19: Numbers in school system continue to rise, 12 test positive

Covid-19: Numbers in school system continue to rise, 12 test positive

- The number of Covid-19 infections in schools continues to rise

- The North West Department of Education has reported the number of infections in the education system has risen to 12

- Several schools across the country have had to close after a number of learners and teaching staff contracted the virus

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One week after the opening of schools for Grade 7 and 12 learners, Covid-19 cases continue to increase in schools.

The latest confirmed cases have been a school in the North West. The North West Department of Education reported that it has 12 cases in their department.

The infected people are three Grade 7 learners, seven teachers, one principal and one office-based employee. The Department Spokesperson Elias Malindi said the affected schools have since been closed.

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MEC for Education in the province, Maphefo Matsemela, said support would be offered to those infected.

Matsemela said:

"Sadly, we have registered a sum of twelve confirmed cases of coronavirus in our department. I take this time to pray for everyone affected by the virus a full recovery together with their love ones and I would also like to indicate that as the department will continue to render them our full support."

Mmatsema added that the closed schools would only be reopened once they had been decontaminated according to the guidance of the Department of Health.

The North West has 1 177 confirmed Covid-19 cases, five deaths and 152 recoveries. reported parents and community members shut down a school in Mpumalanga after it was revealed that there are no Covid-19 safety measures in place.

Schools have only been open for a week but a wave of infections has hit schools across the country. In Kwa-Zulu Natal, three schools had to be temporarily closed after staff members tested positive.

In the Eastern Cape, 31 schools were forced to be closed after 20 people tested positive, including learners and teaching staff.

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