Delay in Reopening of South African Schools Amid Covid-19 Spike

A decision taken by the Council of Education Ministers, the National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet, will see the delay in the reopening of primary and secondary schools for the 2021 academic year. The new date for the return to school is now February 15, 2021, instead of January 27, 2021. This follows initial reports by the Department of Basic Education that it had not received any requests to delay the reopening. There are growing concerns at the high rate of Covid-19 infections, as the nation experiences a second wave of the virus, including a new variant that seems to be spreading more rapidly. South Africa has the highest number of infections on the continent with 1,296,806 confirmed cases, 1,049,740 recoveries and 35,852 deaths.

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