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Zimbabwe aims to finish fumigation of schools before phased re-opening

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe government says the processes of disinfecting and clearing learning institutions that where being used as quarantine facilities for returnees is progressing well as phased re-opening of schools is fast approaching.

Under the phased re-opening of schools, the official opening day for primary and secondary schools is 28 July 2020. Speaking after a Covid-19 Inter-Ministerial Taskforce meeting in Harare, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said: “The Taskforce noted that the processes of disinfecting and clearing learning institutions of returnees is going on smoothly and would like to commend all those who have making these institutions safe for our learners”.

“With regards to the quarantining of ex-convicts the Domboshawa Training Centre is still being prepared to accommodate these, as an alternative to Prince Edward High School. However, currently, there are no known ex-convicts in quarantine centres.” She added that: “All teachers and learners who are outside the country and are included in the first phase are advised to return home and go through the repatriation protocols in time for them to be able to join their colleagues on 28 July 2020.”

As of yesterday, the southern African nation recorded eighteen new infections of Covid-19, bringing the national cumulative cases to 734. While imported cases still account for the bulk of infections, local transmissions have been on the rise in the past few weeks. Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 deaths now at nine.

The southern African nation is under a level 2 lockdown for an indefinite period aimed at minimising citizens’ movement and gatherings to curtail a wild fire spread of infections, which could stretch the country’s healthcare system.

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