100 pupils test positive for COVID at Zimbabwe school

A teacher measures a pupil's body temperature before she is allowed to enter a school assembly at Queen Elizabeth School in Harare on September 28, 2020. AFP/Jekesai Njikizana

HARARE - A hundred students at a high school in northwestern Zimbabwe have tested positive for coronavirus, the government said, raising fears of a new wave of the respiratory infection.

"A total of 100 pupils have tested positive for COVID-19 at... John Tallach boarding secondary school in Matabeleland North," government spokesman Nick Mangwana said on Twitter.

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He did not specify when the tests were conducted but said the school, which has more than 600 students, "has since been sealed off, with no-one allowed in or out."

Zimbabwe has so far recorded 8,897 cases of coronavirus, including 257 deaths, far fewer than in neighbouring South Africa, which has notched up more than 750,000 cases with 20,314 fatalities.

Closed in March under measures to limit the spread of the virus, Zimbabwean schools have been gradually re-opening since September after new cases began to decline.


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