Zimbabwe closes school after 100 students test positive for COVID-19
Zimbabwe closes school after 100 students test positive for COVID-19

Zimbabwean authorities have closed a boarding school in the west of the country after at least 100 students tested positive for coronavirus, a state-owned newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The school in the Matabeleland North province is the first to report a significant rise in infections since schools started re-opening for end-of-year examinations in September. It is also the first to be closed over a cluster of positive cases.

Authorities fear that the country could see a rise after infections mounted this month. New cases climbed to 294 last week compared to 109 new cases in the previous week, as per the ministry of health. Zimbabwe has so far recorded 8,945 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 260 deaths.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government closed schools in March as the coronavirus pandemic spread. Teachers' unions have complained that most public schools are not sufficiently equipped to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which the government denies.  "Cabinet resolved and directed that where we are faced with this situation, the school must be closed immediately... The situation is now under control in the hands of appropriate authorities," said Muchinguri-Kashiri, who heads the cabinet's task-force on COVID-19. Muchinguri-Kashiri could not be reached for further comment.

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