Some matric exam marking centres in Limpopo have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
23 exam markers have been released from duty after showing symptoms and testing positive for COVID-19.
Department Spokesperson, Tidimalo Chuene says that out of the 23 who tested positive, 13 were at a marking centre in Polokwane.
Chuene however says that marking across the centres is near complete.
“A total of 23 markers have been released from marking centres across the province after showing symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19 and out of this number, 13 are from the Northern Academy Secondary School marking centre in Polokwane and of course their immediate contacts have been isolated in line with protocols. Thus far, marking is proceeding very well and most centres are at 90% towards completion.,” says Chuene.
Health authorities in Limpopo worried about rising COVID-19 cases:
COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers
Meanwhile, health authorities in the province have raised concerns about the sharp increase in coronavirus infections among healthcare workers.
They say the situation is negatively affecting the provision of health care services in the province.
Last week, 12 health workers tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tigane Community Health Centre in Hartebeesfontein, while 49 tested positive at the Klerksdorp-Tshepong Hospital.
Latest COVID-19 statistics in South Africa
South Africa has recorded 24 785 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of cases to 3 255 816. This increase represents a 30.9% positivity rate.
A further 36 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90 262 to date.
-Additional reporting by Patrick Dintwa