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GDE concerned about the rising number of Covid-19 cases at schools in the province

NYAKALLO TEFU|

The Gauteng Department of education has raised concerns about the number of Covid-19 cases at schools in the province.

In the past week, the provincial department reported that over 1 000 school children tested positive for the coronavirus.

“1227 learners and 802 teachers have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the number of schools with positive cases to 1637,” said the provincial department’s spokesperson Steve Mabona.

Reports show that the rise in cases at schools come as the country enters the third wave of Covid-19 infections with the number of cases recorded in the past 24 hours sitting at 8881.

“We are concerned by the number of cases at schools. We are working closely with the Department of Health and every time there is a case the department will visit the school to see how to deal with the issue,” said Mabona.

READ: ‘Schools cannot open if all health protocols are not in place’ say teachers and parents

Reports show that Krugersdorp High School was shut down on Thursday to reopen on Monday, 14 June. The decision came after 9 learners tested positive for the Covid-19 virus..

Ivan Bailey, the school principal, said all those learners who tested positive immediately went into isolation.

“We will continue to manage all cases following the required protocols and procedures,” said the school principal.

He added that four staff members also tested positive for the virus and that they were already in isolation.

“The staff are also apprehensive as many of them have elderly or co-morbid family members who live with them,” said Bailey.

Learners are set to return to school on 14 June 2021.

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

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