NATIONAL NEWS - A private school in Middelburg closed its doors for the day on Wednesday, after a parent confirmed they would be going for testing for the coronavirus.
The principle of the school said in a message to parents that the school will be closed on Wednesday, as she did not want to take chances until the parent undergoing testing informs her whether they tested positive or negative.
The principle confirmed the school’s closure, but said she believed the parent would test negative.
The school’s name is being withheld to protect the identity of the parent in question.
The department of health provided guidelines where they advise that people considering undergoing tests for the coronavirus should do so if they have experienced the following in the last 14 days:
- Have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus
- Has travelled to one of the world’s high-risk areas – notably China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Italy and Iran
- Have worked in an institution where coronavirus patients are being treated
- Have been hospitalised for pneumonia with unknown causes
If you think you should be tested for the coronavirus, call the NICD helpline on 0800 029 999, where you will be referred to the nearest hospital facility.
This article was translated from Afrikaans by Nica Richards