- A woman wrote on social media that her 18-year-old niece passed away
- According to her post, the young lady died of Covid-19 after attending school
- She called on parents to keep their children at home and the government to close schools
A woman, who has been identified by her Twitter handle @MsRofhiwa, shared devastating news on the social media platform on Tuesday.
She revealed her 18-year-old niece went back to school and contracted the coronavirus. The young woman did not make it and she passed away yesterday.
@MsRofhiwa wrote on Twitter:
"I didn't know I'd be choosing and buying a coffin and tombstone for an 18 year-old. My niece woke up dead this morning because of Covid-19. We are still in shock. All schools must be closed, this is definitely not working. Stay safe guys."
She added in another tweet that parents should rather keep their children at home and have them repeat a school year than to bury them because of the coronavirus.
@MsRofhiwa's post read:
"Dear parents: it's okay for your child to repeat a grade next year. Time lost never regained, but put your child's health first!"
South Africans were heartbroken over the news and they sent their condolences to @MsRofhiwa and her family.
Former DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who has been opposed to the reopening of schools, wrote:
"My deepest condolences to you. Praying for your family."
Briefly.co.za reported on Tuesday that number of Covid-19 fatalities in children in the country has risen in the past week.
Two more children died from the virus, bringing the total number to 10. Experts say there is still a lot to be learned about the disease and how to effectively limit the number of fatalities.
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