The Iere Government Primary School. Source: Halima's Helping Hands.

A primary school in Princes Town was closed at the weekend after it was confirmed that a staff member came into contact with a Covid-19 positive case.

The Iere Village Government Primary School was ordered closed by the Ministry of Health, as staff and students have been exposed to the deadly virus.

At least ten other schools have closed over the past two weeks.

Primary schools reopened to allow for Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) pupils to prepare for the August 20 examination.

Local government councillor Chris Hosein told the Express today that he was informed by a ministry official that the school was ordered closed on Sunday night.

He said staff and students have been asked to quarantine at home for 14 days and to seek medical attention if they begin to experience flu-like symptoms.

The school will be cleaned and sanitised.

Hosein said, "I am very concerned by the recent spike in Covid-19 cases being reported, particularly as it threatens our communities in my district of Reform / Manahambre with the latest incident resulting in the closure of the Iere Village Government Primary School."

Hosein said changes have also been made to the operations of the Princes Town Regional Corporation as precautionary measures.

"I am also continuing the distribution of face masks at my office in an effort to ensure people adhere to the regulations," he said.


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