- 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
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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."
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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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