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Northern Cape Schools Report Rise In Covid-19 Cases

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Schools in the Northern Cape have been recording a number of Covid-19 infections, with many schools closing in the process. 

Geoffrey Van De Merwe of the Northern Cape Education Department said the department is trying to get the situation under control. 

"Just last week we recorded 348 infections. What is of course of great concern for us is the number of learners that have tested positive. Last week 276 learners tested positive. In total for the month of May we had 911 positive cases of which just over 400 are still active." 

During the month of May, the department had to close and reopen 98 schools in the province in order to contain the outbreak of infections.

Van De Merwe said the department will be guided by the department of health going forward as it gets the situation under control. 

The closing and reopening of schools has caused disruptions to the schooling system in the province. Now, the district offices have developed recovery plans for all schools affected by disruptions.

In some cases, learners will be expected to remain at school for extended hours in order to catch up. 

Van De Merwe has asked all learners to limit their social interactions in their communities in order to limit the spread of the virus in the province.

"We will assess the situation on the ground, we will engage the school governing bodies, the school management teams and we will make our assessment at that given time of what the situation is in our communities and at our schools. If needs be the MEC has indicated that he will write a letter to the Minister"

The Northern Cape is not the only province still tackling outbreaks of Covid-19. The country's most recent data from 6 June shows a total of 45 deaths that have been recorded in the following provinces: 

Free State 16

Northern Cape 15

Gauteng 7

Western Cape 6

Kwa-Zulu Natal 1

This brings the total of deaths recorded in the country to 56 974 deaths since 2020. 

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