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Rise in COVID-19 cases in schools

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2022 | 12:19 PM
Education Minister Fayval Williams. -File photo.

Education Minister Fayval Williams is reporting that there has been an increase in confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 in schools.

In the first of May, there were a total of 108 suspected cases among students and teachers with 30 being positive.

This grew during the second week of May with the tally of suspected cases being recorded at 617 with 254 being confirmed.

Here's a breakdown.

First week of May

Students

Suspected: 99
Confirmed: 22

Teachers

Suspected: 8
Confirmed: 7

Others

Suspected: 1
Confirmed: 1

Second week of May

Students

Suspected: 446
Confirmed: 136

Teachers

Suspected: 160
Confirmed 105

Others

Suspected: 11
Confirmed: 4

Meanwhile, Williams indicated that some schools have reverted to online teaching for some students in response to suspected and confirmed cases of the virus.

The institutions are St Hugh's High, Wolmer's Boy School, Calabar, Kingston College, Westwood High and Manchester High.

She disclosed that effort is being made to ensure that students who have tested positive and who are scheduled to sit exams are facilitated.

Williams said guidelines are to be issued to schools.

Further, she said a recent bulletin was shared with schools on prevention protocols.

She noted that town halls will be held with parents and other stakeholders on the COVID situation in schools.

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