Boarding Students Not Allowed To Travel Home For Independence Holiday

THE Zimbabwean cabinet has resolved that boarding school learners should not travel back home over the Independence holiday as a way of curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Tanaka Moyo

Speaking during a press briefing Monica Mutsvangwa, the Minister of Information and broadcasting services said the COVID-19 confirmed cases at Sacred High School were under control as it was easily detected.

Last week’s outbreak at Sacred Heart School in Umzingwane District of Matabeleland South Province was easily detected and dealt with. Out of the 248 students and 33 teachers tested, 117 were found to be COVID-19 positive.

“All the cases are mild, and are isolating at the school for the learners or at home for the teachers. Response activities that include contact tracing and strengthening of all Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines are in progress,” Mutsvagwa said.

The Cabinet was happy with the reduction of hospital admissions of COVID-19 patience which show that the country is slowing winning the battle.

“Generally, hospital admissions for COVID-19 cases have decreased, resulting in institutions such as the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals reclaiming areas in the Out-Patient Department for routine service provision.

“However, Cabinet is advising citizens to maintain a high level of alertness and adhere to the preventive measures already in force. This includes during the impending 41st Independence Day Anniversary, when gatherings of more than fifty persons will also be prohibited.”

Parents have been in panic mode after Sacred Heart High School recorded cases of COVID-19. The prohibition of learners to travel back home may help curb the spread of the disease significantly.

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