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COVID-19 Outbreak: 38 Test Positive at 2 Northern Cape Schools

38 teachers and learners at the Van Rensburg Primary School and Theron High School tested positive for the virus, while others await the results of their COVID-19 tests.

 

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Two schools in Britstown in the Northern Cape have been closed following an outbreak of the Coronavirus at both schools, where 38 teachers and learners tested positive for the virus. 

These positive test results comes after they allegedly attended a farewell function with a teacher who had contracted the virus. 

The provincial education department said in a statement, that it had instructed both schools to close for deep cleaning and called the outbreak of the virus unfortunate.

The responsibility now rests with the school to disinfect the premises. In the case of the Britstown schools, the district office informed the schools to close and deep-clean the premises to curb the further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.The responsibility now rests with the school to disinfect the premises.

- Spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Education, Geoffrey van der Merwe

The Northern Cape Province had not yet experienced its peak in Covid-19 infections and so Van der Merwe says that the increased number of infections was expected. He claims that the mechanisms and precautionary measures the department introduced, has limited the spread of the coronavirus very well. He stated that the department would continue to support and guide all the schools during these “very difficult and uncertain times”.

It is unfortunate what transpired in Britstown and we encourage the school community to remain vigilant, continue to wear your masks and sanitise your hands with soap or an alcohol-based sanitiser.

The two schools are to reopen for teaching and learning on October 19, 2020. 

 

 

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