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Schools Hit: 132 Positive Cases of Covid-19

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Scared Heart School

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Positive cases of Covid-19 at Sacred Heart Primary and Sacred Heart Girls High Schools in Esigodini, Matabeleland South province has risen to 132.

More results are still tricking in.

The government has since quarantined the Catholic run institutions.

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.

“The cases at Sacred Heart have risen to 132. This includes students, teachers and other non-teaching staff. We are still compiling more information because the testing is still ongoing. Our team on the ground has not informed us of any cases at Mzingwane High School as reported by social media,” Matabeleland South provincial director for Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases Control Dr Andrew Muza.

Director of Communication and Advocacy in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Mr Taungana Ndoro said Sacred Heart schools have been quarantined in accordance with the Standard Operation Procedures and Ministry of Health and Child Care guidelines.

“As the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education we are concerned with Covid-19 cases in schools. However, the situation is under control and learning will proceed. We are looking at the cases in schools on a case-by-case basis.

“What we are doing is that if a school has many cases, we quarantine the school. We are still gathering information from one of the most affected schools in Matabeleland South, Sacred Heart Girls High School. We have recorded about 40 cases excluding those at Sacred Heart. In other schools, numbers are minimal.”

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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