Schools Opening In Limbo Amid Covid-19 Wave

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Mirirai Nsingo

The opening of schools for the second term hangs in the balance as the country continues to battle an increase in Covid-19 cases.

The National Taskforce on Covid-19 met today (Monday) to deliberate on the opening of schools before making recommendations to cabinet which sits on Tuesday, where a decision will be taken.

“The taskforce is meeting today and a decision will be made which will be announced. We are looking at the data, analysing and making sense out of it,” National Covid-19 taskforce coordinator Dr Agnes Mahomva told ZTN.

The second term is set to start next week but in the past 20 days a total of 2 818 new infections and 76 deaths have been recorded, prompting authorities to tighten regulations.

Zimbabwe introduced a new range of restrictions recently and the Government encouraged people to adhere to measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.

On Sunday Zimbabwe recorded 151 new cases and 10 deaths.

As at 20 June 2021, the country had 41 779 confirmed cases, including 37 184 recoveries and 1 672 deaths. To date, a total of 703 065 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19.