Several schools have been temporarily closed to allow for disinfection after some learners and teachers tested positive for the coronavirus in Limpopo.
Yesterberg Primary School in the Waterberg district is the latest one to be affected.
The provincial Education Department Spokesperson, Tidimalo Chuene, says schools have also been affected in the Mopani, Sekhukhune and Capricorn districts.
Chuene says they are satisfied with the manner in which schools are handling the positive cases.
‘We are aware of positive cases that were detected at Ysterberg primary school in Waterberg district. The school was then advised by the Health Department to close from the 27th of May to the 7th of June 2021 to allow for contact tracing and testing and also deep cleaning of the school. The fact that schools were closed whenever cases were picked is encouraging and a clear indication that schools are really adhering to the operating procedures on the management of COVID-19.”
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Meanwhile, Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has announced that all primary schools and schools for learners with special needs, will return to daily attendance from July the 26th.
Motshekga says in the Government Gazette that this approach has been taken to minimize COVID-19 infections among learners.
Schools have also been instructed to ensure compliance with health and safety measures. All contact sport, including competitive events and matches, will remain suspended.
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The country has also recorded 123 new COVID-19 related fatalities on Friday. This brings the total number of deaths to 56 293.