A single COVID-19 death was recorded at the Harare Polytechnic on Wednesday, authorities at the learning institution said.
The Principal, Tafadzwa Mudondo said fourteen members of staff tested positive during routine testing earlier this week, and one succumbed on Wednesday. Said Mudondo:
_Unfortunately, one of our support staff from the 14 that tested positive has succumbed to Covid-19. We are engaged with the ministry on this and we are continuing with testing measures._
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The principal added that mass testing of students and staff was already underway while no decision had been taken to close the college.
The institution suspended a number of learners in March this year for allegedly hugging inside the college grounds in violation of the college’s COVID-19 prevention measures.
Zimbabwe recently experienced a coronavirus resurgence prompting the government to tighten restrictions and impose localised lockdowns in Kariba, Karoi and Kwekwe.
On Wednesday, the country reported 238 new infections and three deaths, pushing the total death toll to 1,640 from 40,556 cases since March last year.
Zimbabwe has fully vaccinated over 423 000 people, while nearly 700 000 of its 15 million people have at least taken the first dose.