By Staff Reporter

As Zimbabwe continues its fight against COVID-19, vaccination has been extended to the 12 to 15 age group.

Acting Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr Jorum Gumbo said this in a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare on Tuesday, adding that the move will prevent the spread of the pandemic in schools.

Dr Gumbo said “As of 21 February, 2022, Zimbabwe’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 233 352, with 224 940 recoveries and 5 386 deaths. The recovery rate stood at 96%, with 929 active cases having been recorded.”

“The following areas recorded the most significant number of new cases, Masvingo (642); Manicaland (402); Mashonaland East (280); and Matabeleland North (191).

“During the week under review, 145 learners in 38 schools tested positive for COVID-19, while 11 members of staff also tested positive. All the active cases detected through the schools’ surveillance system are under isolation and being managed following the relevant protocols.”

The extension of the vaccination rollout to the 12-15 age group will prevent the spread of the disease since schools had become super-spreaders.

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