By Staff Reporter
Vice President and Minister of health and Child Care Dr Constatino Chiwenga has urged the nation to remain on high alert and adhere to Covid 19 prevention protocols.
Dr Chiwenga was speaking at the launch of the Zimbabwe Leather Sector Strategy in Bulawayo yesterday.
“The scourge of Covid-19 is still with us and manifesting in new variants. We must take this disease very seriously because it is a threat to our lives hence the need to continue adhering strictly to the Covid-19 preventive measures,” said Dr Chiwenga.
The call by the Vice President comes as Mass Testing for Covid 19 continues at Sacred Heart Primary and Secondary Schools in Esigodini were 78 more people have tested positive for the virus.
This brings the cumulative total of positive cases at the schools to 133.
In a statement the ministry of health and child care indicated that a total of 193 PCR tests were conducted by end of day yesterday.
“95 New Cases and 3 deaths were reported in the last 24 hrs . 78 cases are from one boarding school in Matebeleland South ” , reads the statement .
Provincial Medical Director for Matebeleland South Province Dr Chipo Chikodzero told Skyz Metro fm news that all positive cases were in isolation.
In Bulawayo following the three students who tested positive for Covid-19 at Girls College 19 more have tested positive for the virus .
This brings the cumulative total of positive cases at the school to 22.
According to a statement by the school’s Principal Mrs Les Ross 330 tests were conducted .
“Following up to the three students who tested positive for Covid-19, all staff and students at school had Covid-19 Antigen tests done on Monday 5th April 2021 and Tuesday 6th April 2021. 330 tests were conducted and of those, 19 were positive – 9 staff and 10 students. All the 19 are following the Covid-19 protocols and self-isolating at home for 10 days. We would like to thank KEI Laboratories for conducting all our tests, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, in particular our Provincial Education Director, Mrs Kaira and our District Schools Inspector, Mrs Ngulube, the Covid Rapid Response Team and the City Health Department, under the direction and supervision of Mrs S. Siziba, for all of their support ,” reads the statement.
Meanwhile 17 new cases of the virus were also reported in other parts of the country.
Mash West and Manicaland each reported 6 new cases ,Harare 4 new cases and Bulawayo Province reported 1new case.
2 deaths were registered in Harare Province and 1 in Mash West Province.
17 recoveries were reported and the national recovery rate stands at 93.8 percent.
Active cases went up to 781.
To date Zimbabwe has recorded 37 147 cases , 34 831 recoveries and 1535 deaths.