The cumulative number of teachers and learners who have tested positive for coronavirus since the phased reopening of schools began on 28 September has reached 558.
This was revealed by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa while speaking during a post-cabinet briefing in Harare on Tuesday. She said:
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Cumulatively, 558 cases have been reported at learning institutions across the country.
Mutsvangwa said the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Child Care, was now putting in place mechanisms to prevent and control infections in schools ahead of the festive season break.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has reported that as of Tuesday the country recorded 164 new COVID-19 cases. The update read:
164 new cases and one death was reported in the last 24 hours. Seven days rolling average for new cases rises to 87 from 85. All provinces reported cases today (Tuesday). Bulawayo reported the highest.
All 164 are local cases, death was reported by Harare. 45 new recoveries were reported, the national recovery rate stands at 83,3 per cent and active cases go up to 1 613.
Zimbabwe has to date recorded a total of 11 522 coronavirus cases, 9 599 recoveries and 310 deaths.