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Confirmation has been received that lab test results have indicated that a Richards Bay Primary School pupil has contracted the coronavirus. Scores of anxious parents gathered outside the school since early this morning after news surfaced that a Richards Bay Primary School pupil had tested positive for coronavirus – the first known case in Richards Bay and Zululand. The child and both parents, as well as the doctor who treated the child, are in quarantine.
16 MARCH 2020
Grade R girl tests positive: Richards Bay school in lockdown
In News / South Africa by Orrin Singh
A mother and daughter have tested positive for Covid-19 in northern KwaZulu-Natal. File photo. A Grade R pupil at Richards Bay Primary School in northern KwaZulu-Natal has tested positive for Covid-19.
Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu confirmed the school was on lockdown after 17 pupils in the same class began showing potential symptoms of infection.
“We can confirm one Grade R leaner from Richards Bay Primary tested positive. We understand her mother works at one of the banks and deals with the foreign exchange of money.” Mshengu said the mother of the girl had also tested positive and would have subsequently passed the virus to her daughter, who tested positive on Sunday.
“Tests were released yesterday [Sunday] confirming the learner was positive.
“Seventeen of the learners at school are showing signs related to coronavirus. We received this info this morning and instructed that the school be locked down.” Sources at the school confirmed it had been locked down and that the education department was in touch with school officials. TimesLIVE understands the pupil stopped attending school on Tuesday after being unwell for almost a week. The national health minister’s spokesperson, Dr Lwazi Manzi, said the department was not aware of the case.
No one was allowed in and out of the school premises as a team from the Department of Health met with school authorities.
PARENTS who waited anxiously all morning while Richards Bay Primary School was effectively in lockdown, are now able to take their children home as the pupils are being allowed to leave class by class.
A note has been issued to parents outlining that they must have their children tested at Ngwelezana Hospital at their own expense or via their medical aid. The school will reportedly not reopen tomorrow.
Fearful parents had expressed discontent as information from authorities was not immediately forthcoming. Police earlier calmed upset parents informing them of the processes are under way.
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This comes after confirmation that a Richards Bay Primary School pupil has tested positive for the coronavirus – the first known case in Richards Bay and Zululand.