By Thys Khiba
Excelsior – The provincial department of education in the free State province has confirmed that at least 32 Reutlwahetse High school learners have tested positive for Covid-19 and are receiving necessary support.
“We are equally concerned about the rising cases of Covid-19 especially in the most affected area which is Mantsopa Municipality, in Ladybrand and in Excelsior. In Excelsior as I’m speaking to you now, there’s a school that has about 32 learners who have tested positive and we really attribute that to things that are outside the school because in most cases this usually after long weekends,” said departmental spokesperson Howard Ndaba.
Ndaba said that it is concerning that schools seems to be super spreaders of the Covid-19 pandemic in the latest spike in infections.
Meanwhile, the department of health in Free State has confirmed that the province is now in the third wave of the outbreak.
“We are appealing to our communities to take care of themselves and adhere to all Covid-19 non-pharmaceutical measures because there is no cure for Covid-19 and all its emerging mutating variants,” said MEC for health, Tsiu.
Tsiu is arguing community members to continue obeying lockdown rules. “Our communities must ensure that they play their part and protect the health system from getting overwhelmed if everyone gets sick. Our current ability to treat people may not last if unnecessarily stretched to the limit by non adherence to Covid-19 measures.”
This is after the provincial health department confirms that 60% females compared to 40% males have tested positive for Covid-19. Out of the 90 776 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the province, at least 53 969 females have tested positive for Covid-19.
In total, the Free State province has confirmed 90 766 Covid-19 cases with 83 154 recoveries, which is 92% of the recovered patients.
“There are 438 new cases: 167 in Mangaung Metro, 55 in Fezile Dabi, 122 Thabo Mofutsanyana, 83 in Lejweleputswa, 11 in Xhariep and 0 unknown district,” said the departmental spokesperson Mondli Mvambi.
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