The number of students and teachers at John Tallach Secondary School who have tested positive for the coronavirus has risen from 100 to 122, officials said.
The school, located in Ntabazinduna, Matabeleland North Province, is run by the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland-run school and has an enrolment of over 623 pupils.
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Primary and Secondary Education Ministry spokesman Taungana Ndoro said the majority of those who tested positive were asymptomatic. Said Ndoro:
As of this morning, we have 118 students and four teachers who have been infected with the virus.
Students, school employees and teachers are isolated at the school, so parents and families are protected.
Ndoro, however, shrugged off accusations that the government was ill-advised reopening schools in the middle of a pandemic. He added:
The situation across the country is manageable and the infection rate at the one school in Matabeleland North represents 0.002 per cent of learners affected countrywide, showing that the ministry’s standard operating procedures have currently got a success rate of 99.998 per cent.
The virus was detected at John Tallach last week when six pupils were found to have above-normal temperatures during routine screening.
Five later tested positive for the virus and further tests have seen the number of positive cases ballooning at the learning institution.