Covid 19 hits 965 Gauteng schools

Pupils maintaining social distance at a Gauteng School

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says 965 schools in the province have been affected by Covid-19.

The MEC says 294 pupils and over 700 teachers have contracted Covid-19.

A total of 105 schools had to temporarily close for decontamination purposes.

He was briefing the media on the province’s Covid-19 update on Friday.

“Whereas 76 admin staff tested positive and 33 general assistance staff tested positive and only three Youth Brigade member tested positive. In total, [there are] 1159 positive cases in the schooling environment in Gauteng.”

Meanwhile, a concerned parent who called in on POWER Drive with Thabiso Tema says he was informed by his daughter that there are six learners who have tested positive for Covid-19 at her school – Pretoria Girls High School.

Moreover, parents have no access to school management.

Speaking on POWER Drive  on Friday, Gauteng education spokesperson Steve Mabona says the school has closed twice since reopening owing to Covid-19 cases.

“This time around, the school decided to procure the machinery to decontaminate themselves.”

He adds that they clean their classes twice a day while they have an in-house nurse.

“They are no going to be closing as per the advice of the health professional,” says Mabona adding that schools close for decontamination purposes.

The school is said to not have communicated the seven Covid-19 cases to parents.

“We will reach out to the school and check out why they are not communicating with parents,” he says noting that it’s the school’s responsibility to convey information.

Gauteng has now recorded 81 546 Covid-19 cases making the province the epicentre of Covid-19 on Thursday, surpassing the Western Cape in significant strides.

The province recorded 515 deaths and 23804 recoveries nationally the it accounts for 34.4% of the SA’s cases.

Nationally there are 264184 confirmed cases.

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