North West schools report eight more Covid-19 cases

classroom is sanitised

A school is being sanitised. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi Africa News Agency (ANA) Archives.

The North West department of education has reported eight new positive Covid-19 cases. Taking the number of confirmed cases in schools to 12. 

These include three Grade 7 learners, four teachers and one office based employee.

According to the provincial department of health, North West contributes 1.6 percent to South Africa’s Covid-19 infection stats. The province has recorded 1177 positive infections with 152 recoveries and five deaths as of June 15.

The North West Education MEC, Maphefo Matsemela conveyed her words of encouragement to all affected learners and staff members

“Sadly, we have registered a sum of twelve confirmed cases of Coronavirus in our department. I pray for everyone affected by the virus and I wish them a full recovery together with their loved ones. I would also like to indicate that as a department, we will continue to render them our full support,” said Matsemela.

The closed schools will reopen once they have been decontaminated and disinfected through the guidance of the Department of Health.

Earlier this month, a 56-year-old school principal tested positive for Covid-19 in the North West. The school has since been closed until all necessary investigations are concluded.