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Nine schools in the Northern Cape expected to reopen following Covid-19 cases

NYAKALLO TEFU| 

Nine schools in the Northern Cape are expected to reopen their doors on Monday after shutting down due to Covid-19 cases.

The Northern Cape Education Department has seen a major increase to see a rise in Covid-19 for a fourth consecutive week.

The Department last week recorded over 300 new Coronavirus cases which include the infection of learners, teachers, and staff.

“11 schools closed in the Northern Cape due to Covid-19 infections. Of these schools, nine are scheduled to reopen on Monday, 7 June 2021,” said department spokesperson Geoffrey Van Der Merwe.

READ: The Northern Cape sees sharp increases in Covid-19 infections in schools

This as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country continues to increase.

The Department of Health recorded 5074 new cases in the past 24-hours.

The Northern Cape province alone recorded 348 positive Covid-19 cases in the last week.

“These include 52 educators, 276 learners and 20 support staff at schools,” said Van Der Merwe.

Van Der Merwe said parents must ensure that they limit the movement and social interaction of their children in and around communities.

“This is evidence that our schools are mirrors of the rising infection rate in our communities. Parents must ensure that they limit the movement and social interaction of their children in and around their communities,” said Van Der Merwe.

Inside Education reported that teachers over the age of 40 are expected to be vaccinated. The Department of Health said more than 500 000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been secured for the education sector.

READ: Teachers over 40 to be vaccinated from Wednesday

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