- Covid-19 cases are rising in schools and the Eastern Cape is fast becoming an area of particular concern
- More than 500 learners and teachers have tested positive for Covid-19 in the province
- More than 150 schools have had to be closed because of Covid-19 cases
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On 8 June, Grade 7 and 12 pupils returned to school under cautious conditions and strict regulations in a a bid by the Department of Education to try and save the school year.
Since, there has been a rise in infections in learners, teachers, other officials school and school staff, across the country, schools have had to close because of Covid-19 cases.
More than 550 learners, teachers and support staff have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Eastern Cape while 154 provincial schools have been temporarily closed, the Education Department said on Friday.
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Provincial education department spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said 270 of the infected were learners, 271 teachers, while 16 were non-teaching staff, said News24.
Briefly.co.za reported that teachers and parents protested in the Western Cape after an announcement by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga that more learners would be returning to school on 6 July.
Second from the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape has been a sore spot for the health ministry. The province currently has 20 487 confirmed cases and 363 deaths.
Resources in South Africa's poorest province have already begun to be stretched thin as the impact of the Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals, clinics and schools, said Timeslive.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize warned of the coming “devastating storm” on Tuesday while opening the initial phase of a 3 300-bed field hospital in Nelson Mandela Bay.
"Provinces such as the Western Cape and Eastern Cape now have well-established cluster outbreaks that are driving a surge and will likely peak before other provinces."
The minister said Nelson Mandela Bay’s public hospitals are already "bursting at the seams, battling a crisis of too many patients and too few staff".
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