Schools record 430 Covid-19 cases

19 Sep, 2021 - 00:09 0 Views
Schools record 430 Covid-19 cases

The Sunday Mail

Neville Dube

FOUR-hundred and thirty cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in schools since they opened earlier this month, with Matabeleland South Province accounting for most of the cases.

Several outbreaks have, however, been recorded in Midlands, Masvingo and Mashonaland East.

Government has since stepped up measures to strengthen health protocols at learning institutions.

Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education’s director of communication and advocacy Mr Taungana Ndoro said Government had a plan to deal with the outbreaks.

“We are proud of our scientific surveillance through our standard guidelines for the coordinated prevention and management of Covid-19 pandemic at all learning institutions,” said Mr Ndoro.

Surveillance in schools was ongoing.

In terms of the schools’ standard operating protocols, all infected learners must be isolated in sick bays or special dormitories that have been created at the institutions. Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Dr Takavafira Zhou urged Government to provide more testing kits in schools.

He said three teachers in Masvingo had tested positive for Covid-19 recently.

Government has ordered all public sector workers to be vaccinated.

Authorities are considering extending the vaccination programme to children over 14.

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