The North West Education Department has confirmed 12 positive cases of Coronavirus at various schools across the province.

Eight more cases were confirmed on Monday. These include three Grade 7 learners, four teachers and one office based employee.

All affected schools have been shutdown.

Provincial Education MEC, Maphefo Matsemela conveyed her words of encouragement to all affected learners and staff members

“Sadly, we have registered a sum of twelve confirmed cases of Coronavirus in our department. I take this time to pray for everyone affected by the virus a full recovery together with their love ones and I would also like to indicate that as the department will continue to render them our full support,” said Matsemela.

The closed schools will only be reopened once they have been decontaminated and disinfectant through the guidance of the Department of Health.