100 more students from Sacred Heart Girls High school in Matabeleland South have reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care confirmed the development on Saturday saying;
100 more new cases from some boarding school in Mat South (Sacred High): the outbreak is localised at the school.
This comes a few days after 55 students from Sacred Heart Girls High tested positive for Covid-19.
In a move to contain the outbreak, the government has since quarantined the Catholic-run institution. This means all the students, teaching, and non-teaching staff are not allowed to leave the schools or interact with people from outside until the situation is contained.
According to Pindula, tests at Sacred High School were conducted after five students had tested positive for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the school headmistress Sister Ludo Ncube has assured parents that all the necessary precautions in line with Covid-19 national protocols were being taken while a team from the Ministry of Health and Child Care was also on the ground monitoring and managing the situation.
Girls College and Mzilikazi Primary school have also reported Covid-19 positive cases.
Some local health experts and teachers’ unions have expressed reservations over the reopening of schools while the Covid -19 threat is still high.
The surge in covid-19 cases at schools has reignited fears that schools remain hotspots and that authorities were not adequately prepared for their reopening.
The government last week banned boarding school students from breaking for the Easter holidays fearing possible transmissions between homes and the learning institutions. It also ordered that lessons be conducted on a rotational basis to enhance social distancing in classes.
Meanwhile, as of 10 April 2021, Zimbabwe had 37 273 confirmed cases, including 34 862 recoveries and 1 538 deaths