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20 schools closed due to covid-19 in GP

Article by: Dumisane Dube

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says 20 schools have been closed due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the province.

“We are in the middle of a third- wave that is causing unmeasurable panic and misery in our schools. To date we have closed 20 schools due to Covid-19 cases,” said Lesufi.

According to the MEC over 1000 teachers and close to 2000 learners have tested positive for the deadly virus.

“This year alone, 1077 educators tested positive while 1977 learners also tested positive. We are monitoring the situation and we await guidance and advice from our health experts on what form of action we need to take…we remain open minded in taking whatever action that will assist us to  minimise infections at our schools and want to assure all our educators, learners and parents that we are adhering to all relevant protocols,” he added

Meanwhile the Department of Health in Limpopo has also raised concerns about the rise of infections after 13 learners from the same class tested positive at the Marobathota High School at Boyne outside Polokwane.

According to the department of education in the province, the school has been closed for disinfecting.

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