Joburg mayor in self-isolation after staff member tests positive for coronavirus

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Johannesburg Mayor, Geoff Makhubo, has gone into isolation after a staff member in his office tested positive for the coronavirus. The staff member had travelled to the Western Cape for a funeral last week.
As a precautionary measure, the entire staff complement in the office has tested for the coronavirus.

“The Mayor had previously taken a COVID test recently which had come back negative. He has again today taken a follow-up test to confirm his status. He will be in self-isolation until the results of that particular tests are known. All staff members within his office, including those who had come into contact with the said staff member, have been notified so that they may also get tested. The Mayor has wished the said staff member well in their recovery and will be in self-isolation until the results improve or until they test again and they test negative,” says Mayoral Spokesperson, Mlimandlela Ndamase.

Gauteng has 6 258 coronavirus cases which are 12.3% of the total number of cases 50 879 in South Africa.

Below are the latest coronavirus cases: 

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Reopening of schools in Gauteng 

Grades 7 and 12 learners in the province had their first day back in school on Monday.  The MEC of Education in the province Panyaza Lesufi earlier said that 85%  of Gauteng teachers reported for work on the first day of schooling for grades 7’s and 12’s.

“We also received 85% teacher attendance. 15% being absent. We’re analysing the reasons why 15% of our educators were absent, but we are quite aware that a number of teachers have filled forms indicating that they’ve got co-existing diseases and therefore, they want authorisation from their medical doctors before they can attend school.”

Below is MEC Panyaza Lesuif’s briefing: 

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