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COVID-19: Panic as two schools in Gauteng close

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Two top-performing schools in Gauteng will be closed until Monday, after reporting an outbreak of COVID-19.

The Gauteng Education Department and Department of Health are now actively conducting routine tracing and tracking to determine how many other schools are affected besides the two.

St. John’s College confirmed at least six learners and two teachers had tested positive, with Krugersdorp High reporting 11 positive cases.

It’s reported that more than 34 others have had contact with those who are COVID-19 positive and they will be quarantined.

Other schools in Gauteng are considering shutting down their extra-curricular programmes, in an effort to curb contact and re-emphasize social distancing protocols.

Gauteng most active COVID-19 cases in the country

The latest COVID-19 outbreak at the schools comes in the wake of Gauteng reporting the most active COVID-19 numbers.

This according to the latest data released by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday evening.

“All provinces showed a positive percentage increase with Northern Cape showing a 68% increase in the last seven days followed by Gauteng at 63%, Limpopo at 47%, North West at 42% and Western Cape at 39%,” Mkhize says.

With 5,651 active cases, Gauteng leads other provinces in the country, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 5,591 and the Free State at 4,984.

Recently the provincial government raised concerns about the rise in infection numbers in the province.

Also read: Mhkize: SA’s third wave has not hit

A total of 2, 759 new cases have been recorded in the last 24-hour period.

South Africans are being urged to intensify efforts to protect themselves from COVID-19.

 

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