A medical worker checks the temperature of a student at Gateway Secondary school in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Sept. 15, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Jusa/Xinhua)

113 pupils, teachers contract Covid-19 in Bulawayo schools

Despite the surging cases of new infections, City Health Director Dr Edwin Sibanda said the situation was under control.

AUTHORITIES have dismissed concerns that the country’s learning institutions were turning into Covid-19 super-spreaders after 23 learning institutions in Bulawayo recorded Covid-19 cases since schools opened in September.

According to the Bulawayo City Council’s Health Services Department, there were 12 primary schools, 10 secondary schools and one tertiary institution that recorded cases between the end of third wave and Friday.

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The data showed that a total 113 contracted the diseases from the institutions, of which 53 percent were females and 49 percent males were affected.

“Of these 22 were teachers and 91 were learners. A total of 79 cases from 16 institutions of learning have since recovered and have been discharged from isolation.

“Contacts to the positive cases detected have also completed their 14 day quarantine, and have since been discharged from home quarantine. Robust efforts are underway to contain all the institutional outbreaks detected after the third surge,” said the department.

Despite the surging cases of new infections, City Health Director Dr Edwin Sibanda said the situation was under control as they had immediately isolated the few cases at Thorngrove Hospital and later discharged them as they were asymptomatic.

Dr Sibanda said those that had tested positive were admitted to Thorngrove Hospital not because they required hospitalisation but just for isolation purposes.

“Ideally we were supposed to isolate them at Elangeni Training Centre but the logistics involved with reopening that isolation centre are a bit cumbersome as it will also require more staff and resources hence we resorted to using Thorngrove which has the necessary staff and resources.

“However, all the cases are under control as they were isolated and later discharged for isolation at their homes because they were all asymptomatic,” said Dr Sibanda.

He said according to set guidelines they had carried out all the required contact tracing mechanisms inclusive of testing pupils at the affected school.

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