How 1,800 students contracted COVID-19 in South Africa – Minister

Western Capetown Provincial education minister, Debbie Schafer, has given details of how 1800 students in South Africa contracted COVID-19.

While proving that the reopening of schools has not spiked new cases, Schafer disclosed that 1,537 of the 1800 students had contracted the virus at their various homes when schools were close.

The remaining few number, she said, were detected after the school reopened.

In South Africa, where schools were reopened earlier this month, 98 teachers and 1,800 students have been infected by COVID-19.

“Schools will be disinfected in the Western Cape province this week after the new confirmed cases,” the education minister of the province, Schafer, was quoted by Anadolu to have said on Monday.

She insisted that the reopening of schools has not led to a surge in the cases, adding 1,537 students had contracted the virus when schools were close.

Number of cases in the country rose to 70,038, while 1,480 patients have died so far and over 38,500 others have recovered from the disease.

South Africa has the highest number of cases in the continent, and ranks the second country on deaths after Egypt.

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