Twenty (20) students at a Gweru-based Anderson High School have tested positive for the coronavirus making the school the latest learning institution to be affected by the novel virus.
This comes amid increased calls for the government to close schools which were reopened in phases since the 28th of September.
The development was revealed by Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Larry Mavhima revealed Friday that results received so far indicated that 20 learners had tested positive for the pandemic. He said:
Out of the 53 Covid-19 tests initially conducted at the school, 14 positive results were received with 10 girls and 3 boy.
NewZimbabwe reports that the cases have since risen to 20 with 14 girls and 6 boys. The school has a total enrolment of 394.
Mavhima said immediate action taken by the school includes separation of affected students from the rest, disinfection of all halls of residence in the school, isolation of all positive and symptomatic cases as well as quarantining of negative cases.
The school has also directed day scholars to quarantine at home from Thursday after screening while further restricting movement in and out.
Other schools, John Tallach and Matobo High Schools, both in Matebeleland, have since been sealed off after positive cases were recorded at the institutions.
Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga indicated that Harare-based Prince Edward High School also recorded positive cases.
Still, the government maintains that it will not be closing schools.