Government On High Alert Over COVID-19 In schools

GOVERNMENT says it will be scaling up COVID-19 surveillance and testing in schools to avert a possible spike in cases which could lead to a third wave.

By Tanaka Moyo

Speaking during a press briefing Monica Mutsvangwa the Minister of Information and Broadcasting services said the government was aware that there were confirmed COVID-19 cases in some schools and it was assured that there was surveillance.

Cabinet notes that the strong COVID-19 surveillance system that Government had put in place had enabled the Ministry to detect outbreaks early. Cabinet was informed that on 16th April 2021 more outbreaks were reported at two boarding schools, namely: at St. Davids Bonda Girls School, in Manicaland and Embakwe High School in Plumtree. One hundred and forty-five (145) and ninety-one (91) learners tested positive, respectively.

“Government would like to re-assure the Nation that the situation is under control and all the cases are mild and asymptomatic. 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. 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 those found violating COVID-19 preventive measures will be sanctioned,” Mutsvangwa said.

The vaccination programme which started in February is slowly gaining momentum across the country with a lot of people now going for vaccination.

“Cabinet was informed that a total of 288 229 and 36 778 people had received their first and second dose, respectively, across the country. 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.

“The nation is advised that His Excellency the President will be receiving his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow at Kwekwe Hospital. Cabinet wishes to assure the nation that citizens can receive their second dose of the COVID-19 Vaccines anywhere in the country without prejudice,” Mutsvangwa said.

The vaccination process has been delayed by many conspiracy theories and myths which are circulated mainly through social media platforms.

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