image by: MEC Tate Makgoe on Twitter
By Thys Khiba
Welkom – The Free State MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe has confirmed via social media on Wednesday, that Lephola Secondary School has been forced to shut down for a week after one pupil died due to Covid-19 related complications in Thabong, Welkom.
While, 12 pupils of the same school have tested positive for Covid-19.
“Lephola SS in Thabong, Welkom, will be closed from today and will reopen on Monday after 8 learners have tested positive for the virus and 8 more are waiting the results. One learner has also succumbed to the Covid-19 related complications,” tweeted on Wednesday, Makgoe.
The departmental spokesperson, Howard Ndaba has confirmed that the number of pupils who have tested positive for Covid-19 have risen to 12, after the tweet by the MEC Makgoe, as of Wednesday morning.
“The number of learners who have tested positive for the coronavirus at the school has now risen to 12, with the one confirmed fatality from yesterday. The Grade 12 learner who succumbed received his results that he had tested positive on Monday and he succumbed while at home around 12pm yesterday,” said Ndaba.
In addition, he indicated that the Grade 12 class of the deceased, which has at least 24 learners, would be tested for the pandemic. Ndaba indicated that 14 out of 24 learners had been tested at this stage, while 10 were expected to be tested on Wednesday.
“What we can confirm is that the deceased learner tested last Wednesday. He received his positive results on Monday. Yesterday, his father received a call from home that there was a complication and he later found out he had succumbed to the virus,” said Ndaba.
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