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‘Stop causing undue alarm and despondency’, minister warns media

By Nyashadzashe Ndoro | Nehanda Politics |

Information and Publicity minister Monica Mutsvangwa has claimed that the media has been causing alarm and despondency since the reopening of schools.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa presents the 39th post-Cabinet briefing in the company of Ad Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force on Covid-19 chairperson and Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (left), Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi and Attorney-General Advocate Prince Machaya at Munhumutapa Building in Harare. — Picture: Tawanda Mudimu
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa presents the 39th post-Cabinet briefing in the company of Ad Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force on Covid-19 chairperson and Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (left), Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi and Attorney-General Advocate Prince Machaya at Munhumutapa Building in Harare. — Picture: Tawanda Mudimu

Addressing the media during a post cabinet briefing held in Harare, Tuesday, Mutsvangwa warned the media against what she called “uncoordinated reportage witnessed since the re-opening of schools.”

“Cabinet was advised that Zimbabwe had recorded a cumulative 9 714 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 8 470 recoveries, and 275 deaths as at 27 November, 2020.

“The national recovery rate stands at 87% percent. Eight thousand two hundred and thirty-nine (8 239) of the COVID-19 positive cases are local transmissions.

“Of concern, is the increase in the number of new cases detected, from 281 recorded in week 46 to 594 in week 47 following the re-opening of schools.

“In order to control the spread of COVID-19 in schools the following measures are being implemented: intensification of the supervision and inspection of boarding school facilities; providing potable water to 48 schools in Bulawayo which are in dire need of the essential commodity; strengthening of public health response measures in affected schools; supporting all education institutions to fully implement COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures; and implementing COVID-19 protective and preventive measures in the social spaces beyond school premises.

“However, the media is urged to report responsibly on the situation prevailing in primary and secondary schools and seek information from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and Health and Child Care on issues of interest.

“This will avoid the undue alarm and despondency caused by the uncoordinated reportage witnessed since the re-opening of schools,” Mutsvangwa said.

Recently, John Tallach, a Presbyterian Church-run boarding school in Matabeleland North province recorded 100 COVID-19 cases and the government closed it.

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