Through information from the department of health, South Africa is no longer in the fourth wave.
The changes that the cabinet made were that if people test positive with no symptoms, they do not have to isolate. Secondly if a person tests positive with symptoms the isolation period has been reduced from 10 to 7 and lastly contacts do not have to isolate unless they develop symptoms.
The cabinet put forth that primary, secondary and special school will return to attending on a daily basis and also the regulatory provision for social distancing of one meter for learners in schools has been removed.
The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga mentioned at a media briefing on the opening of schools for 2022 that they have decided to run the vaccinations this year. Motshekga also stated that 2021 recorded a major decline in the number of schools that were closed and reopened due to Covid-19.
However this decision seems to be an inconvenience to financially disadvantaged families. Angelina Khabele who is a mother of two shared her views with African View News: “We are now going to have to pay extra for our children to get transported as there are still no nearby schools in my community” she said.
Was the health of learners who are still in the foundation phase considered, with regards to their little knowledge of Covid-19 protocols?
This also bags the question, if the one meter social distancing regulation is being removed, are masks still essential in our daily lives?
By Lineo Khabele for African View News
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