Schools should close if COVID-19 cases increase: Expert

The Gauteng government is considering further Covid-19 restrictions. The province is currently the country's epicentre. Premier David Makhura is calling on residents to change their behaviour. eNCA's Gareth Edwards speaks to health expert, Dr Kgosi Letlape. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - One expert says schools should close if they see an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.

Dr Kgosi Letlape says education facilities should be allowed to make decisions at a local level.

READ: Schools to remain open - Motshekga

"The challenge that we have in this country is about the disparities because the ones that can afford are now taking the right decisions at a local level and we are now dependant on the authorities, you know this notion of saying we have scientists that are advising this, we as healthcare professionals, I think we need to seek out the healthcare professionals that are proving certain positions, like saying keep the schools open as an attitude to come out so we can engage with them," he said.

Meanwhile, all teachers will be vaccinated from Wednesday, 23 June until schools close on 8 July.

This was announced by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.

READ: Teachers to be vaccinated from 23 June until schools close

The minister also said schools will remain open and vaccination is voluntary.

She said that school closures will now be dealt with on a province-by-province or school-to-school basis.


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