The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says the increase in Covid-19 infections at schools at the start of the new school year was expected.

Head of Public Health Surveillance at the NICD Dr. Michelle Groome says this uptick in infections was also seen in the second half of the third wave.

Groome says the majority of infected learners showed mild forms of the disease.

Follow the full briefing here.

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With school on its way back, one thing most parents are going to be wondering is how to help kids not to lose things.

From books to stationery, lunch boxes to sports equipment and shoes, it is incredibly difficult to keep track of everything. Kids lose stuff and that’s a fact. As the saying goes, they would even forget their heads if they weren’t screwed on!

These things cost a fortune after all!

With that in mind, how do you ensure that your child brings back everything? Angel and Maurice heard the genius lifehacks you use to make sure that the expensive Pritt comes home every day from school on the Smile Drive..

Ina believes that a stern word will do.

 

While some believe in tough love, Rose had a more practical solution.

 

Whatever method you choose, from the Smile Drive with Maurice and Angel, we wish you all the best ahead of the academic year, and may the odds always be ever in your favor.

 

 

 

Tune in to the Smile Drive with Maurice and Angel, every week day, Monday to Friday from 3 pm. to 6pm.

 

The decision to not abolish contract tracing and quarantine should be reconsidered.

This, according to Vaccinology expert, professor Shabir Madhi.

Government, late in December also decided to scrap the curfew, just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Madhi, the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the WITS University, says the decision to not migrate the country to a higher level of lockdown, during the festive season, was the right call.

Madhi also urged schools to ensure sufficient ventilation in classrooms, to avoid the spread of Covid-19 among learners.

He reiterates that Covid-19 is an airborne virus which could very easily spread in poorly ventilated classrooms.

Madhi says maintaining a “safe” social distance from other is not enough to avoid transmission.

Get more information on the Department of Health website.

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The Western Cape Education Department says schools yesterday resumed without any interruptions.

School management teams and support staff had already gone back to work on Thursday, 22 July, to prepare for the return of learners & teachers.

Director of Communications at the WCED, Bronagh Hammond says uncertainty, due to the taxi-violence, did affect attendance at some schools.

Read the Department’s full statement here.

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The Department of Basic Education says all the required Covid-19 health and safety protocols would be in place when primary schools learners would be required to return to school on a full-time basis toward the end of July.

Minister Angie Motshekga gazetted the changes to the school guidelines late last week which says that ALL primary school learners will have to report for classes on a full-time basis on 26 July.

Spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga says studies have shown that primary school learners are not at high risk of Covid-19.

Read more here.

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