HEALTH and Child Care Minister who is also the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Dr Constatino Chiwenga has announced an extension to the current lockdown by another two weeks in order to give schools and parents enough time to prepare for the reopening of schools soon after the lockdown.
By Michael Gwarisa
In a statement, Dr Chiwenga said schools will be given at least one week after the two week renewed lockdown period to put COVID-19 preventive measures in place before classes resume.
Schools will be given at least one week after the next two weeks lockdown extension, to put preventive public health measures in place before the commencement of the general school calendar depending on the prevailing COVID-19 situation at that time,” said Dr Chiwenga.
He added that both teaching staff and students will be required to wear face masks at all times and he called on all eligible teachers and students to get vaccinated for COVID-19 before schools reopen.
“Enforcement officers are encouraged to conduct regular assessments of compliance in learning institutions at least on a weekly basis. The provincial task-force teams are exhorted to to strengthen their efforts of mobilizing all those eligible to get vaccinated.”
He also implored members of the public to continue observing COVID-19 prevention protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19.