Covid-19 update: Cases rise, teachers protest and WC braces for peak

Covid-19 update: Cases rise, teachers protest and WC braces for peak

South Africa Covid-19 numbers keep rising at an alarmingly high rate and cases in the schooling system are also skyrocketing as the Department of Education gears up for a further reopening. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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As cases in the cases reach staggering numbers, looks at the pandemic in the country:

1. 6 579 new Covid-19 cases reported as infections climb

Another 6 579 people have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in South Africa, bringing the number of confirmed infections to 118 375 total confirmed cases. 87 new deaths have also been reported, bring the total to 2 292.

So far, 59 974 people have recovered from the virus, meaning that the recovery rate is now at just over 50%.

The Western Cape, still the epicentre of the virus, now accounts for 48% of the country's total confirmed cases.

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2. Western Cape parents and teachers protest the reopening of schools for more grades

Yesterday, parents and teachers in Cape Town protested what they called the premature reopening of schools.

A number of schools, supported by surrounding community members, held demonstrations calling for the government to review its decision to allow pupils back on 6 July.

The protesters also slammed Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer, who has bee accused of being unsympathetic to the needs of vulnerable schools.

3. Number of infected teachers and pupils continues to rise

On 8 June, Grade 7 and 12 pupils returned to school under cautious conditions and strict regulations in a bid to try and save the school year.

Soon after, Covid-19 cases began to emerge from schools all around the country. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has confirmed that in the province, 58 learners and 188 teachers have tested positive for the virus.

In the Eastern Cape, the Education Department was forced to close 196 schools since reopening due to Covid-19, with 132 of those still shut.

In Mpumalanga, community members shut a school down after learners informed their parents of the lack of resources to deal with the virus.

4. Western Cape braces for Covid-19 peak

With South Africa's Covid-19 infections expected to peak soon, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said that there were currently 1 700 patients in hospitals, the highest number of Covid-19 hospitalisations to date.

Of this total, over 300 people are in ICU or high care facilities.

Winde said that the province was anticipating and planning for a further increase in demand in services over the next few weeks.

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