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Govt extends lockdown, schools likely to open in February

Schools in Zimbabwe are likely to open next month after the government, Friday, announced a further extension, by two weeks, of the Covid-19 national lockdown restrictions.

The country is currently on the level 2 lockdown with the Omicron variant causing a spike in infections and fatalities.

In a statement, acting president Constantino Chiwenga said after the two week period, schools will be given a further seven days “to put preventive public health measures in place before the commencement of the general school calendar depending on the prevailing situation at that time”.

“Teachers and students will be required to wear face masks while in class. All eligible teachers and students are encouraged to be vaccinated for Covid-19 before the opening of schools.”

Chiwenga urged enforcement officers to conduct regular assessments of compliance in learning institutions, at least on a weekly basis.

“The provincial taskforce teams are exhorted to strengthen their efforts of mobilising all those eligible to get vaccinated,” he said.

Chiwenga aslo encouraged citizens to continue adhering to the Covid-19 prevention measures like wearing of face masks, sanitising, washing hands with soap and avoiding crowds.

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