Ninety-four (94) students at Bondolfi Teachers’ College in Masvingo tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two days, health authorities have confirmed.
In its daily coronavirus/COVID-19 update or situation report for 26 May 2021, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) said 113 new cases had been recorded countrywide. The report read:
The 94 cases reported today from Masvingo include 16 that tested positive yesterday and 78 that tested positive today, all from a localized outbreak at an education institution in Masvingo district.
Social media figures were, however, higher than those released by the ministry of health.
Earlier reports had indicated that the entire student population of over 303 was put under quarantine following the unprecedented positive tests.
Masvingo COVID-19 taskforce provincial spokesperson Rodgers Irimai says authorities are currently scrambling to assess the situation and its ramifications on the war against the pandemic.
He cautioned that the situation was under control with all the 303 on-boarding students under mandatory quarantine for two weeks.
The government recently put Kwekwe District in the Midlands Province under lockdown after cases of the B.1.617 coronavirus variant or Indian variant were detected in Kwekwe City early this month.