COVID-19: Public schools in South Africa ordered to shut down


South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered state schools in South Africa to close for four weeks from Monday, as part of measures to combat a surge in the number of coronavirus cases.

Ramaphosa said it was important to ensure that schools did not become sites of transmission at a time when coronavirus cases in South Africa are rising at one of the fastest rates in the world.

Older students in primary and secondary schools returned to schools on 6 July.

President Ramaphosa said the current academic year will be extended beyond the end of 2020 as a result of the disruptions caused by the pandemic.

“We have taken a deliberately cautious approach to keep schools closed during a period when the country is expected to experience its greatest increase in infections,” he said.

The president also announced a $30bn (£24bn) package to fund health services and help those in greatest need.

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