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Over 30 students test positive for COVID-19 at Dadaya High

OVER thirty students have tested positive to Covid-19 at Dadaya High School in Zvishavane, forcing authorities to suspend day school and non-examination classes.

Zvishavane District Coordinator Darlington Chokera confirmed the incident, while referring further questions to the district medical officer.

Testing of students started after one of the candidates had tested positive before examination time.

Midlands Provincial Education Director, Mr Jameson Machimbira referred all questions to Zvishavane District Schools Inspector, Mr Trynos Mahlokozera who confirmed the incident, saying they are collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Child Care in response to the outbreak.

According to the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Zvishavane district medical officer Darlington Chokera, and Education Inspector, Trynos Mahlokozera, confirmed that 32 student tested positive for COVID-19 but did not give more details.

Reports say students, teachers and other school staff have been quarantined and parents informed about the COVID-19 outbreak.

Several schools, including John Tallach, Matobo Mission, Anderson Secondary School and others recently recorded high COVID-19 cases amid fears of a coronavirus crisis in the country where over 11,000 people have tested positive for the disease since March this year.

Three hundred and six people have so far died of the disease and over 9,000 have recovered.

Zimbabwe registered 81 new cases Friday and one death with Bulawayo having the largest number of COVID-19 figures.

More than 70 million people in the world have contracted COVID-19, according to Johns Hokpins University. At least 1,6 million people have succumbed to the disease.

The disease has claimed almost 300,000 lives in America where more than 15 million people have contracted the disease. ■

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