No need to panic over schools Covid-19 cases – Government

by | Apr 22, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

Mako Jerera

Cabinet yesterday urged parents not to worry over the reported cases of Covid-19 infections at boarding schools.

Cabinet confirmed more outbreaks at two boarding schools, namely: at St. Davids Bonda Girls School, in Manicaland and Embakwe High School in Plumtree.
One hundred and forty-five and ninety-one learners tested positive, respectively.

However, none of the cases require hospitalisation at the moment, as they are all mild symptoms.
Speaking at yesterday`s post-cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the situation in schools is under control.

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care is currently carrying out vaccination campaigns all over the country. Cabinet was advised that the vaccination of residents of border towns has been prioritised and is well on course,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

She said communities near the affected schools will also be tested.
“Cabinet notes that the strong COVID-19 surveillance system that Government had put in place had enabled the Ministry to detect outbreaks early.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care is testing and vaccinating members in the adjoining communities where the schools are located. All those found positive have been quarantined,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

In order to create more safety nets, the Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education and Health and Child Care have intensified enforcement of the COVID-19 standard operating procedures in all schools and have said those found violating COVID-19 preventive measures will be dealt with accordingly.