291 EC schools affected by Covid-19, Premier requests SANDF’s assistance

South Africa

Eastern Cape – Two hundred and ninety-one schools in the Eastern Cape have been affected by Covid-19.

Premier Oscar Mabuyane has painted a grim picture of how the disease has affected people, saying 200 of these schools remain closed while 91 have been reopened.

On Tuesday, the province’s coronavirus command council gave a status update of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the province.

Mabuyane said in light of the strain on the health system, they had asked the national government to deploy the South African National Defence Force’s medical team to help with Covid-19 interventions.

“In light of our system being overwhelmed, we had made a request for the deployment of the South African National Defence Force health team to further enforce our efforts to confront COVID-19 head-on.”

Mabuyane added that 24 health workers were part of the 397 Covid-19 patients in the Eastern Cape who have died since the disease broke out.

“We remain hopeful that the 888 health workers who tested positive for the coronavirus will recover.”

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