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

Grade 7 and 12 learners returned to schools on June 8 and have since to comply with strict social distancing measures, sanitization, screening and the wearing of masks. 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.

Cases prompt closure of schools

Earlier this month, over 30 schools mostly in Buffalo City, had to close down as over 20 people tested positive for COVID-19.

Fifteen teachers, three learners and two non-teaching staff had tested positive. Schools subsequently closed for deep cleaning and tracing. Grade 7 and 12 learners returned to schools on the 8th of June and have since to comply with strict social distancing measures, sanitization, screening and the wearing of masks.