By Nompumelelo Sibanda
GOVERNMENT has postponed the opening of schools and other learning institutions for the second term of 2021 by 14 days due to a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths.
The country has recorded a spike in Covid-19 cases and members of the public have been urged to observe prevention measures including social distancing, washing of hands and proper wearing of masks.
The decision to postpone the reopening of schools was announced by Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-cabinet briefing on Tuesday.
In a subsequent statement on social media, Government spokesperson Nick Ndabaningi Mangwana comfirmed that the schools of schools had been shelved at least for the next fortnight. A decision will be made after reviewing the situation over the next two weeks, he said.
“The nation is informed that Cabinet has approved that the re-opening of schools and other learning institutions be delayed by 14 days. Government will be monitoring the situation and and a review will be made after 2 weeks,” said Mangwana.
This comes as the country continues to record an increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases with 416 recorded yesterday to bring the total number of cases to 42 195.
The number of deaths has also increased to 1685 with 13 of those recorded in the last 24 hours.
“As of 20 June 2021, at 1500hrs, there were 174 hospitalised cases: Asymptomatic 47, mild to moderate 86, severe 36 and 5 in Intensive Care Units,” said the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
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