South Africa: 11 teachers, 3 pupils died of Covid-19 as cases near 200k
London, July 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Eleven teachers and 3 pupils in South Africa have died nationally since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Sunday.
Motshekga also said that 2 740 teachers have equally been infected with the coronavirus since schools reopened last month.
Among learners, there were 1,260 reported infections. This translate to less than 1 percent of learners, Motshekga said, stressing that the highest number of infections were from the Western Cape, Gauteng and Eastern Cape.
The minister made the statement during an announcement on her department’s readiness to phase in more grades from Monday. She stressed that the rise in coronavirus cases nationally are being mirrored in schools.
Since the reopening of schools on June 8, 968 out of 26 000 schools, or 4 percent, which re-opened had been forced to close temporarily due to Covid-19 cases, Motshekga said.
“They lost three to four days of school which would mean they enjoyed four weeks of schooling,” Motshekga said.
Motshekga stressed that most schools remained “stable”.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has increased to 196 750 and a further 173 people have died, the health ministry said on Sunday.
This represents an increase of 8 773 new cases a day before more pupils return to schoo
Grades 12 and 7 resumed schooling last month as part of a phased approach to resume classes which had been stalled for nearly four months.
According to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, the latest deaths – 2 from Northern Cape, 10 from the Free State, 21 from KwaZulu Natal, 29 from Eastern Cape, 40 from Western Cape and 71 from Gauteng – bring the total number of Covid-19-related fatalities to 3 199.
The number of patients who have recovered from the coronavirus stands at 93 315, which translates to a recovery rate of 47,4%, Mkhize said.
In total, 1 830 161 tests have been completed, with 38 083 new tests reported in the past 24 hours. IOL