Covid-19: Morgenster Teacher’s College Under Lockdown As 63 Students Test Positive


Morgenster Teacher’s College has been put under lockdown after 63 students at the institution tested positive for Covid-19.

The infected students are in quarantine at the institution amid fears more might be infected with the virus The Herald reports.

Masvingo Covid-19 provincial taskforce spokesperson Rodgers Irimayi today disclosed that all learning activities had been suspended at Morgenster.

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Irimayi said the teacher-training institution was now a quarantine facility noting that the majority of the infected students were asymptomatic.

Morgenster becomes the second institution of higher learning in Masvingo to temporarily halt operations after Bondolfi Teacher’s College suffered the same fate last month.

The institution was put under localised lockdown with movements in and out of the precincts restricted.

All the students at Bondolfi who were infected have since recovered and gone to their homes.

iHarare also reported that Kwekwe’s localized lockdown, which came into full swing on May 24 was last week extended for a further two weeks.

This follows a surge in active Covid-19 cases in the city and its surroundings, with the Indian variant B.1.617 being detected in some instances.

Announcing the extension of the lockdown after last week’s Cabinet meeting, Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said:

“As of June 7, a total of 688 696 people had received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccines and 385 275 their second dose across the country.

“The public is advised that efforts to ensure the availability of doses continue as a matter of priority,” she said.

The district under localized lockdown comprises Kwekwe, Redcliff, and surrounding areas, with a 7 pm to 6 am curfew being enforced.

Social and religious gatherings are banned.

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