The Department of Education has warned matric students that testing positive for Covid-19 at this stage will have detrimental effects on their final exams. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
The Department of Education has issued a warning to all matric learners in South Africa.
This comes ahead of the group's final exams after a year of disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the situation below:
1. Matric students warned over testing positive
The Department of Education has warned matric students that testing positive for Covid-19 will see them excluded from their final exams.
Any student who tests positive ahead of an exam will be barred from writing but the Department is determined to take it even further.
Students who test positive during the mean will not be allowed to finish writing their exam.
Students who test positive, according to the Department, will need to wait until mid-2021 to write again:
"If you cannot write or complete your 2020 examinations because of a positive Covid-19 diagnosis you have an opportunity to write in May/June 2021. The May/June examination will be open for anyone to write selected subjects or all subjects."
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africans with another update on the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Tuesday evening, the minister commented that:
"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 728 836 with 1 241 new cases identified since the last report."
With regards to fatalities, Mkhize confirmed that the nation had lost more lives to the virus:
"Regrettably, we report 74 COVID-19 related deaths today: 35 from Eastern Cape, 6 from the Free State, 8 from Gauteng, 6 from KwaZulu-Natal, 8 from Northern Cape, and 11 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 19 539."
Mkhize commented that recoveries now stand at 659 249 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a recent event at Cape Town's Tin Roof bar has seen 89 positive Covid-19 cases confirmed after attendants, mostly matriculants, were traced back to the Claremont venue.
An investigation into the event has been kicked off by authorities after a general practitioner contacted other doctors and then the Western Cape health department.
Department head Keith Cloete held a digital briefing on the situation which is a great cause of concern with matric exams fast approaching:
"This is where individual responsible behaviour and collective responsible behaviour comes together."
Cloete explained that there were other places where the young citizens had converged so the team involved is probing the possibility of other 'seeding events'.
Cloete warned that everyone is 'potentially a superspreader' while Premier Alan Winde cautioned young people to be vigilant during the final stretch to the year-end exams:
"Your whole year has been a rough year, but there are a couple of weeks to go, but please make sure we hold the course."
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