More than 700 teachers and just under 90 learners have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Western Cape.

This has been revealed by the Western Cape Basic Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer during a virtual National Council of Provinces (NCOP) sitting.

Shäfer, Minister Angie Motshekga and the other eight provincial MECs for Education jointly answered questions in the NCOP about the re-opening of schools and their response to COVID-19 at the schools.

Shäfer outlined the Western Cape’s situation, “The latest count we had just over 700 teachers that had tested positive, it’s an accumulative figure. Obviously, some of them would have recovered but we don’t keep those statistics. We have about 88 learners, these are those who are back at school who have tested positive, but also they were not all necessarily infected at school, most of them were in fact infected before school.”

 In the video below, at least 15 Western Cape schools have had to be closed since reopening:

Over 180 learners test positive for COVID-19 in the Eastern Cape

More than 180 learners at the Makaula Senior Secondary School in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape have tested positive for coronavirus.

Health officials and social workers have been deployed to the school to start counselling learners, who will be informed of their test results on Wednesday morning.

Social workers believe that non-compliance with the COVID-19 regulations is at the root of the cluster infection at the school and its hostel. –Additional reporting by Nkululeko Nyembezi.

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