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Coronavirus latest: SA’s ‘first child case’ of COVID-19 confirmed

March 17, 2020
Coronavirus latest: SA’s ‘first child case’ of COVID-19 confirmed

The Herzlia Schools learner is understood to be the first child in South Africa to contract coronavirus, and the facility is closing its doors.


A Grade 9 pupil of the Herzlia Schools in Cape Town is now in quarantine, after testing positive for the dreaded coronavirus. The news comes just days after a parent at one of the facilities was also made to self-isolate after contracting COVID-19.

Herzlia: Grade 9 pupil tests positive for coronavirus

The school has already closed its doors until after the school holidays, with a number of educational institutions expected to follow suit. Herzlia issued a communication on the matter last night, confirming that the student’s siblings has tested negative – but the whole family have removed themselves from public activity:

“In this instance, the confirmed patient is a student in the Middle School in Grade 9. Her sibling in Highlands Primary and both parents have all tested negative. The family is enforcing self-quarantine, and has been doing so since Thursday afternoon.” 

Herzlia e-mail

As of Thursday, it is believed that eight schools in the Western Cape have also closed their doors due to fears of the coronavirus. This follows the WHO declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic on Wednesday night, saying:

“We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.”

 WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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