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Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 12:25 pm

(By Xanet van Vuuren)

The 2020 Matric Rage events have been identified by the health ministry as COVID-19 super spreader events.

Parents of teens who attended the Durban Matric Rage events that that took place in Umhlanga, Ballito and Durban from 27 November to 4 December are being urged to take their kids to get tested for COVID-19 and to get their kids to self-isolate for 10 days.

This comes after the news that several people who attended the KwaZulu-Natal events tested positive for COVID-19. According to a report by eNCA, the health ministry said that all those who attended the events are regarded as potential COVID-19 contacts. The events have been deemed ‘super-spreader’ events.

The Ballito Rage  organisers released a statement on their Facebook page regarding the COVID-19 cases that have been traced to the Durban events.

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The organisers say that despite complying with more than 20 additional regulations to get approval from the local health department and the Durban Events Department they have received reports that some attendees tested positive for COVID-19.

Four staff working on behalf of suppliers have also tested positive for the virus.

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“Ragers” have been alerted

In their statement, the organisers say that they have alerted all attendees and their legal guardians about the confirmed cases and have supplied all contact tracing information to the Department of Health.

They further advise that any person who attended any Rage Festival event in KZN or any other event, bar, house gathering, restaurant or other place during the same period attended by Matrics be considered high-risk.

The following NICD guidelines should be followed immediately by the party attendees and their contacts (whether symptomatic or asymptomatic):

  • Self-isolate in your current location for 14 days with immediate effect
  • Get tested if you can
  • Do not travel
  • If you have to travel home, do so by car only. Drive alone or with one other person only. Both must wear a mask, keep windows open and quarantine on return to home immediately
  • Avoid contact with family and anyone who is unwell or has a co-morbidity for 14 days

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