Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa in a post-Cabinet media briefing on Wednesday announced that there was a reduction in COVID-19 cases in the country and notable decrease was recorded in Manicaland, Harare, Mashonaland East and Bulawayo Provinces.
“Government notes that there was a 32% decrease in weekly cases from 3 761 during the week ending 15 August 2021, to 2 564 in the week ending 23 August 2021. The areas which recorded the most significant numbers of new cases were Manicaland Province (429), Harare Metropolitan Province (385), Mashonaland East Province (311), Masvingo Province (274), and Bulawayo Metropolitan Province (265),” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
As a groundwork for preparing for the opening of schools, Minister Mutsvangwa noted that the Ministry of Health and Child Care had been working closely with the Ministry of Education in putting measures that promote safe opening of schools.
“Regarding Primary and Secondary Education, the collaboration between the Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education, and Health and Child Care has buttressed the sector’s COVID-19 prevention and management systems.
“The two Ministries met with provincial teams to evaluate progress in the implementation of the Joint Operational Plan of the Standard Guidelines for the Coordinated Prevention and Management of COVID-19 at Learning Institutions. The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education also met with teacher organisations and deliberated on the safe re-opening of schools, among other issues,” said the Minister of Information.
Minister Mutsvangwa pointed out that Government was happy with preparations made towards the re-opening of schools and has given the green light which will see examination and non-examination classes opening on 30 August and 6 September, respectively.
“Noting with satisfaction the preparations for the resumption of classes in schools, Cabinet is advising that schools will re-open on 30 August 2021 for examination classes, and on 6 September 2021 for non-examination classes,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
The COVID-19 third wave reached its peak when the country recorded 3 110 cases on 14 July 2021 and on 27 July 2021, deaths reached 107.