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Government defers schools re-opening

by Moyo Roy
14 Jul 2020 at 18:48hrs | Views
Government has deferred the re-opening of schools initially scheduled for 28 July as Zimbabwe records a surge in Covid-19 cases with recorded ones reaching more than 1000.

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, said government is disturbed by the spike in COVID-19 locally transmitted cases and the number of deaths recorded. 

"To curb the increase in transmissions as well as deaths from COVID-19, the following measures were adopted That the current lockdown restrictions will be tightened, while localised lockdowns are introduced in hotspot areas and further opening up of the economy is halted.

"Testing in communities with high cases of local transmission such as Bulawayo will be increased. The re-opening of schools shall be deferred pending a review of the situation, while the writing of public examinations continues," said Mutsvangwa.

"Private schools that have already opened without permission will be penalized. Government shall have the sole responsibility for inter-city travel for those that really require to travel especially to seek medical attention."

Mutsvangwa said two buses will be availed to transport those that test positive from Beitbridge to their respective provincial isolation centres.

Source - Byo24news

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