Zimbabwe Opens School Classes Despite Increase in New COVID-19 Infections

ZIMBABWE today, November 9, 2020 resumes all school classes from Early Childhood Development (ECD) up to Advanced level in line with government set schedule.

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The resumption of classes however comes at a time Zimbabwe is recording increased cases of COVID-19 with majority of them being local transmissions.

According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily COVID-19 update of November, 8, 2020, recovery rate has dropped from a high of 95% in the past few weeks to 93%, with daily infection rate rising to 5.6%

33 New Cases and 2 Deaths reported in the last 24 hours. (7 day rolling average* for new cases rises to 22 from 19 yesterday).  582 PCR tests done today (Positivity today was 5.6%). All 33 are local cases (Deaths reported by Bulawayo(1) and Manicaland(1)). 

“11 new recoveries reported: National Recovery rate stands at 93.8% and Active. cases go up to 273 today. As of 8 November 2020, Zimbabwe has now recorded 8531 Cases 8005 recoveries and 253 Deaths,” said the Ministry of Health.

With teachers still on strike, various stakeholders have raised fears of a spike in COVID-19 cases in schools as there wont be supervision of pupils. According to a schedule that was announced by cabinet in September the schools reopening commcned 14 September 2020 for Cambridge Examinations classes and 28 September 2020 for Zimsec Examination classes.

Cabinet also approved that the Zimsec Examinations should start on 1 December, 2020.







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