Covid-19 upsurge in boarding schools

30 Sep, 2021 - 10:09 0 Views
Covid-19 upsurge in boarding schools


Talent Gore, H-Metro Reporter

Several provinces in the country are experiencing an upsurge of Covid-19 positive cases spurred by the cases in boarding schools.

Masvingo (450); Mashonaland East Province (261); Matabeleland North (216); Manicaland (193); Midlands (190) and Mashonaland Central (145).


Government has since alluded that it was apparent that Mashonaland East; Midlands; Masvingo and Matabeleland South provinces were experiencing an increase of Covid-19 cases being reported.


Cabinet has since directed that half term breaks be prohibited in order to help learners catch up on time already lost during lockdown and this will also strengthen Covid-19 containment measures.


Speaking during the post-Cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the majority of the cases were mild and asymptomatic.


“The majority of the cases were mild and asymptomatic without the need for hospitalisation and are being managed by the Ministry of Health and Child Care,” she said.


“The Ministries of Health and Child Care, and Primary and Secondary Education continue to implement the standard guidelines for the Coordinated Prevention and Management of Covid-19 at learning institutions, while strengthening measures to ensure continuous teaching and learning during isolation or quarantine.”


Minister Mutsvangwa also said that a number of people in need of hospitalization due to Covid-19 continues to decline, bearing testimony to the effectiveness of Covid-19 containment measures in place.


She added: “Government is looking into sustainable ways of improving the conditions of service for nurses, doctors and other health professionals. This is in light of the huge workload the professionals are burdened with in this era of the Covid-19 pandemic.”


The country has received a total number of is 12 300 000 vaccine doses since the roll out of the vaccination programme began.


A total of 3 051 371 people had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 2 211 880 their second across the country.

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