The Ministry of Education has confirmed that a total of eleven (11) teachers of the Moruca sub-district, Region One have tested positive for the Coronavirus as of noon today.
Yesterday, the Education Ministry announced that six teachers had tested positive from the Region. It has been since confirmed that five of the other cases in the region are also teachers.
There are now a total of 23 active cases of the coronavirus in Region One and Health Officials in the Region have decided to put the communities on a two-week complete lockdown.
Schools in the region will not reopen even as some students were preparing for the national examinations.
The Ministry of Education has indicated that it is closely monitoring the situation in the region and its thoughts are with the teachers and their families as they have now been placed in isolation.
Last evening, the Ministry revealed that the teachers who were tested positive were part of a hamper distribution to other teachers in the region. That initiative took place back in May.
The Ministry said schools in the region had not reopen their doors and therefore there might have been no interaction with students.
There have been concerns in the region about nationals of Venezuela who travel frequently across to the communities in Region One seeking aid and relief from the hardships in Venezuela.
Regional officials have been keeping a close eye on that situation even as the recent cases in the region are considered community transmissions.