Borders to remain at school during Independence

By Staff Reporter

In order to protect learners and avoid a Covid-19 infection spike, Cabinet has directed that all learners at boarding schools will remain at their respective schools during Independence Day holiday.

Speaking during the post cabinet media briefing Minister of information publicity and broadcasting services Monica Mutsvangwa said all school heads should observe the directive.

“Cabinet is advising citizens to maintain a high level of alertness and adhere to the preventive measures already in force. This includes during the impending 41st Independence Day anniversary when gatherings of more than 50 persons will also be prohibited. In order to protect learners during the forthcoming holiday and avoid the Covid-19 infection spike as happened over the Christmas and New Year holidays, Cabinet has directed that all learners at boarding schools remain at their schools during the Independence holiday in order to avoid travel congestion and minimise chances of contracting the virus,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

The development comes after 231 learners and staff members at Sacred Heart Schools in Matebeleland South tested positive for Covid 19 a situation which Cabinet noted was under control.

Health officials have been deployed to determine the root cause of the outbreak

Meanwhile Radiotherapy Services at Mpilo Central Hospital have resumed after government released funds to fix the radiotherapy machines for cancer patients . The machine had broken down due to overuse .

Minister Mutsvangwa said the development comes after reports on the lack of radiotherapy services in the southern region were made by concerned stakeholders .

“Following reports on the lack of radiotherapy services in the southern region, Cabinet is pleased to announce that the Mpilo Radiotherapy Centre is now functional. The centre will cover the Bulawayo, Matabelaland North, Masvingo, Midlands and Matabeleland South province ” , said the minister .

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