- Over 700 teachers have tested positive for Covid-18 in the Western Cape
- Almost 90 learners have also tested positive for the virus
- The situation is dramatically worse in school in the Eastern Cape with over 180 pupils testing positive for the virus at just one school
Over 700 teachers and almost 90 students had tested positive for Covid-19 in the Western Cape. Western Cape Basic Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer made the worrying revelation during a virtual meeting with the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).
Briefly.co.za learned that Shäfer along with 8 other provincial MEC's, including Minister Angie Motshekga, answered questions surrounding the reopening of schools across the country.
Shäfer outlined the Western Cape’s situation, “The latest count we had just over 700 teachers that had tested positive, it’s an accumulative figure. Obviously, some of them would have recovered but we don’t keep those statistics. We have about 88 learners, these are those who are back at school who have tested positive, but also they were not all necessarily infected at school, most of them were in fact infected before school.”
In the Eastern Cape the amount of learners with the virus is more than double with over 180 testing positive at Makaula Senior Secondary School according to SABC.
The learners will receive the results of their tests on Wednesday morning and health officials and social workers will be on hand to council the learners.
Social workers believe that a lack of social distancing and flouting of Covid-19 regulations is to blame for the outbreak.
In other news, Briefly.co.za revealed that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize warns of a Covid-19 disaster in the Eastern Cape. On 8 June, Grade 7 and 12 pupils returned to school under cautious conditions and strict regulations in 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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