The novel coronavirus has continued to wreak havoc in schools since classes resumed on 30 August, with 20 pupils testing positive at Chemhanza Mission High School in Hwedza.
The Hwedza District Health Spokesperson Officer, Dr Herbert Bandiki confirmed the development. He said:
So far we have tested 300 students, 20 of them tested positive, 17 of these 20 positive were boarders and 3 of them day scholars.
This resulted in all high school day scholars being stopped from coming to school for 14 days.
These 17 positive boarders are being quarantined in their hostels under the supervision of their school health masters.
We have also checked on the school’s use of masks and found out that these students do not use facemasks at their dormitories but only in classes.
Bandiki added that authorities at the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe-run school have been ordered to use facemasks and gloves for supervising and handling those in isolation.
Chemhanza Mission School Principal Saul Tadzaushe said they have put in place measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Said Tadzaushe:
To make sure that our students are safe from COVID-19 infections, all our teaching and administration staff got tested before we opened our mission school.
As you know that this school is a church school, our church gave some groceries to all mission staff so that they do not get out of the school premises throughout the term.
Our drivers are often retested as they do school errands outside.