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education90News24 Wire reports that according to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), 523 pupils and 1,169 school staff members have tested positive for Covid-19, impacting on 775 schools across the country.  

The DBE indicated in a statement:  “Schools have been temporarily closed and reopened around the country in the past three weeks to allow affected areas to be disinfected.  Schools – just like clinics, police stations, shops, mines and other frequently visited places – have found themselves also having to close and reopen.  This is in response to infections identified during the screening process and in line with health protocols on how to treat and environment with possible contamination.”  The department urged schools to strictly follow health protocols to manage Covid-19 and to ensure pupils and employees were screened using the department’s Covid-19 procedures and questionnaire.  The DBE noted that schools played an important role in the efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 and they must therefore take steps to circulate information about the disease and its potential transmission within the school community.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard on page 3 of The Citizen of 29 June 2020

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