Report Of The University Of Zimbabwe Going On 3-Week Recess Dismissed As Fake News

University of Zimbabwe lecturer Fadzayi Mahere said that a purported notice from the institution advising students and lecturers that the university shall be on recess from Friday the 20th of March to the 14th of April is “fake news”.

Posting on Twitter, Mahere said:

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#FAKENEWS is the last thing we need right now. We have enough on our plate without having to fight disinformation. Let’s verify our #CoronaVirus alerts before sharing to avoid panic. Our focus must be on curbing the spread of the virus. #ZimLoc

Below is the “notice”:



The University of Zimbabwe wishes to inform all Uz students and staff that the university shall be on recess from Friday the 20th of March to the 14th of April, as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19). This comes after one student and a staff member who had flue like symptoms tested positive to coronavirus. The two have since been quarantined and everyone they came across on campus.

Please note that:

  1. Lectures will end at 1700 hours on Thursday the 19th of March and resume on the 14th of April 2020.
  2. All students in university accommodation are expected to have checked out of their residence by 1000 hours on Friday, the 20th of March 2020.
  3. Resident students are expected back on campus on Monday, the 13th of April 2020, starting at 1400 hours.
  4. However, all staff members are still expected to report for duty.

Any inconvenience caused is sincerely regretted.


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