Dozens of pupils who may have been infected with the coronavirus have escaped from a boarding school in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape.
Last night local authorities called on the pupils from Makaula Secondary School to return to the school so they could get counselling and be quarantined in the suitable facilities.
Some 204 people, mainly including 194 pupils, have tested positive for Covid-19.
Executive Mayor of Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Councillor Sixolile Mehlomakhulu has urged parents to return their children who have left the school.
“We do have isolation and quarantine facilities across the district. Working with the Department of Health and department of Public Works we are going to ensure pupils in all confirmed cases receive treatment we will quarantine contact persons for 14 days to ensure immediate control of the spread.”
So far, 16,895 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Eastern Cape, and there have been 303 fatalities. The province has been the third worst hit after Western Cape and Gauteng.