In a surprise move South Africa closes schools as COVID-19 cases exceed 400,000
In what many have described as a surprise move, South Africa has again announced the closure of Public schools from next week as confirmed cases of coronavirus hit 408,052 in the country.
The announcement was made during a nationwide address on Thursday by President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying the decision was necessary in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
According to him, “In a bid to limit the spread of deadly disease in the country, public schools will be shut down for a month.
“Cabinet has decided today that all public schools should take a break for the next four weeks,” he said.
He further explained that the academic year due to end in December would now be extended
“Public Schools will therefore be closed from 27 July and scheduled to reopen on August 24,” President Ramaphosa announced.
At present South African nation has recorded more than 6,000 COVID-19 related death cases since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The African country is now rated fifth with the highest case of the novel virus in the world.