Zimbabwe is on high alert following a spike in Covid-19 cases in schools over the last week.
In the last 24 hours out of the 609 cases recorded, 175 were from schools.
The country’s Chief Coordinator of Covid-19 Response in the office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Agnes Mahomva told ZTN they are closely monitoring the situation in the wake of the rise in cases.
“When we see a little spike, pay closer attention that’s exactly what we are doing. The reason we are
seeing an increase in numbers in school is because of a very robust system that we have.
“These cases might not have been picked if these pupils were not in school, so this points out to a robust surveillance system.”
The number of new Covid-19 cases increased to 1 971 in the past week up from 929 in the previous week.
The surge has been attributed to the spike in schools.
As part of its Covid-19 response, the country will start vaccinating the 12 to 15 years age group.
Dr Mahomva said the extension comes upon science-based evidence after more cases were being recorded among adolescents.
“We have continued to witness cases among adolescents hence the reason we widened the vaccination scope to cater for this group.
“This is not the first time Zimbabwe is vaccinating children so we are looking forward to using the lessons learnt from other vaccination programmes we have had in the past as we scale up towards
herd immunity,” Dr Mahomva said.
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education said the Covid-19 cases in schools are being imported from communities into schools.
Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson, Taungana Ndoro told ZTN that the situation is being well managed.
“We are managing the Covid-19 situation in schools very well. You will appreciate that when schools open, learners or teachers bring Covid with them but manage the spread and prevention through
our standard guidelines.”