The government of Zimbabwe has announced a ban on visits by parents and guardians to boarding schools across the country in a move aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. The decision comes as health officials continue to record fresh cases of the pandemic, with boarding schools being particularly susceptible.

Shungu High School in Kwekwe, Midlands province, was forced to cancel its planned annual general meeting and parents’ visit over the weekend in response to the government’s directive. In a memo addressed to parents and guardians, the school’s acting head, Sister V Morisi, cited the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education’s communication regarding the suspension of visits by parents to schools as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 escalation.

The ministry’s director of communications and advocacy, Mr Taungana Ndoro, confirmed the development, adding that the ban was with immediate effect. He reiterated that COVID-19 was escalating, and it was necessary to minimize footprints to mitigate the spread of the virus. The ministry’s standard operating procedures (SOP) are still in full force.

As the pandemic resurfaces in the country, health officials continue to call on people to remain vigilant and adhere to the precautionary measures to help curb the spread of the virus.

In conclusion, the government’s ban on visits by parents and guardians to boarding schools is a necessary precautionary measure aimed at minimizing the risk of COVID-19 spread. It is essential for everyone to take responsibility and adhere to the set guidelines to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

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