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By Amanda Wakesho
Voi Primary School in Taita Taveta County, has been closed down after three teachers tested positive for Covid-19, raising fears of mass infections among Grade Four, Class Eight students and other staff at the institution.
County director of education, Samson Wanjohi, said contacts of the three teachers have been asked to self-quarantine at their homes as they wait for their results.
“We are waiting for further advice from the health department. But, for now, we have to close the school until further instructions,” he stated.
Health officials have already moved in to test over 27 teachers and support staff as 300 pupils proceed home.
Despite rising concerns from parents about the welfare of their children, Mr Wanjohi expressed that learning is ongoing undisrupted in other schools.
County executive for Health John Mwakima said the department has recommended the closure of the school to prevent further spread.
“We will review the decision when we get the test results for the teachers,” he added.
The County executive for Health continued by saying that, the over 300 students will however not be tested due to a shortage of testing kits.
“We are monitoring the situation and following closely on the primary contacts,” he said.
This the latest Covid19 case in school after yesterday’s Kolanya Boys High school where 60 people among them 52 students tested positive for the deadly virus.