8 Western Cape schools shut down amid coronavirus fears

School desks. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)
School desks. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

A total of eight Western Cape schools have been shut down amid fears of a possible coronavirus breakout in the province.

The decision was taken yesterday after a parent at one of the schools started suffering from possible Covid-19 symptoms.

Andries van Renssen, director of United Herzlia Schools in Cape Town, told YOU the parent had returned from New York in the US on Sunday where he’d possibly been in contact with the virus.

He started showing symptoms shortly after his return.

He’s since been tested for the virus, but the results are only expected on Friday.

The man’s children attended school over the past four days.

"We as a school have since decided to do the responsible thing and act preventatively," Van Renssen says.

"We’ve decided to shut down eight of the school’s campuses until the end of the week."

He added that the school had implemented preventative measures a while ago, such as raising awareness among pupils and staff about the importance of washing their hands.

"We don’t think there’s any reason for panic – we’re just erring on the side of caution. We’re waiting for the result of the parent’s test and will then act accordingly."

Lwazi Manzi, Department of Health spokesperson, said they was aware of the case.

"The department is having a media conference this afternoon about preventative measure for the virus. In the meantime, parents must regularly remind their children to wash their hands," she said.

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