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The Higher Education and training sector is calling on more students to get vaccinated. This comes amid concerns by Higher Health that only one-third of students have been vaccinated so far.


Children aged 12 to 17 will soon be next in line to receive their vaccination jabs. The Health Department said that it is making arrangements for the vaccination rollout to begin next week.


Unions within the education sector have expressed a great deal of concern following Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga's briefing on the impact of Covid-19 on schooling throughout the country on Sunday. They say they are not surprised by the current outcome of learning losses as the department could have taken better preventative measures.


Teacher's union, NAPTOSA, has expressed concern regarding the rising number of Covid-19 infections in schools located in the Northern Cape as well as the Eastern Cape.  


A new surveillance report on children under the age of 19 has revealed that the opening and closing of schools has not affected the COVID-19 cases in any way. This suggests that schools are not the main contributors to the waves of the virus.


In an unscheduled media briefing on Saturday afternoon, the Health Department and scientists presented their latest research to the public that demonstrates the unwelcome arrival of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in South Africa. They went on to explain the impact of this on the medical outlook and how this will influence the vaccine programme.  This may also impact the discussions about whether a harder lockdown will be coming.


The Department of Basic Education has called on all teachers and staff members within the education sector to be present in all schools nationwide in order to prepare for the vaccination programme that is set to begin on Wednesday June 23rd. 


The University of the Western Cape has launched a vaccination centre on Friday 18 June. The vaccination centre has been introduced to vaccinate all staff and students over the age of 60.


On Monday the 21st the task of vaccinating 500 000 teachers and other school staff will begin. A consignment of J&J vaccine has been set aside for the task and the Health Department has briefed parliament on the detailed plans that are in place to get as many public and private school staff vaccinated as possible over the next 10 days.


More than 20 schools have been closed in Gauteng on Friday due to a rapid rise in Covid-19 over the past 24 hours. This comes after the Gauteng Department of Education, Steve Mabona held a press briefing on Friday to give current data on the rising Covid-19 infection rate in the province


Following a recent announcement by Premier Alan Winde, that the Western Cape has now entered the third wave of Covid-19 infections, Stellenbosch University has outlined the steps it intends to take in order to curb Covid-19.


Stellenbosch University is currently implementing a new waste water based surveillance system that detects Covid-19. The new system helps detect early infections and picks up on people who are asymptomatic. 


South Africa now has over 1,5 million cases as we continue to battle Covid-19 and the changes which arrived along with it. We now bring you the latest Covid updates and statistics in the country.


The Higher Education department and institutions is now preparing for the reopening of Universities in March while we still live alongside Covid-19. The Department is also preparing institutions to support the vaccine rollout.


Minister Dlamini -Zuma has released a government gazette which dives deep into the new lockdown regulations announced by President Ramaphosa. We've made it simpler for you, here are the new regulations.


After South Africa entered into an adjusted level 3 lockdown, flights around the country have had to be adjusted as well. 


The V&A Waterfront in partnership with Dis-Chem Pharmacy is launching its drive-through Covid-19 testing facility, increasing convenience for locals and tourists. 


The Covid-19 Antibody Blood Tests are laboratory-analysed tests which determine if a person has contracted the coronavirus and in response developed antibodies to fight it. It therefore tests for immunity against the coronavirus.

 


Recently, the Western Cape government has decided to ease the COVID-19 testing criteria. Anyone within the province who is symptomatic should be tested.


Now that Level 1 has settled in and we've seen an obvious decrease in numbers, we now wonder about the possible second wave. Western Cape is going above and beyond in trying to prepare for a second wave as seen in many other countries.

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