Sugar manufacturing giant, Tongaat Hulett has closed 22 of its schools as COVID-19 cases soar, The Sunday News reports. According to the publication, a source told them that at Mufakose High School In Triangle, 7 teachers, the head, and other non-teaching staff tested positive for Covid-19 last week.
One of the none teaching staff at Mufakose is believed to have been the primary source of the infections according to a memo seen by the publication which stated that:
…Of the 66 primary contacts that have been investigated so far, 15 were tested and 11 turned out to be positive. A total of 51 secondary contacts were tested, six of the 14 ran tests were positive. Other 37 results are not yet out
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Speaking to the publication, Tongaat Hulett spokesperson Ms. Adelite Chikunguru said:
It is unfortunate that one of our schools reported cases of Covid-19. We have closed all schools that are being run by Tongaat Hulett in the Lowveld so that we try and minimise the possible spread of the pandemic. We had stringent protocols that we have been following since the schools opened in September and we had not had any case of Covid-19.
The new cases at one of our schools are unfortunate and we have made sure that the affected people receive best health care. We have state of the art healthcare facilities at Tongaat Hulett and we are also working with the Rapid Response Team and the Ministry of Health and Child Care to ensure that the situation is under control. We continue to follow Government guidelines on Covid-19,
The schools are still open to writing classes only.