Twenty-seven (27) people including children and members of staff at Mary Ward Children’s home in Kwekwe have tested positive for coronavirus.
Midlands Provincial Medical Director (PMD) Dr Reginald Mhene confirmed the development.
Mhene said those who tested positive at the children’s home have been placed in isolation at the facility. He said:
The children’s home houses 66 children and when tests were conducted at the facility, 27 people including staffers and children, tested positive. Modalities have been put in place that whoever gets ill will be taken to hospital.
There has been a rise in new infections in Kwekwe with more cases recorded within schools.
Mary Ward, Ruvimbo and Chiedza primary schools are some of the schools that have recorded positive cases among pupils.
Kwekwe Assistant Director Nursing Services, Sister Patricia Shumba recently told a full council meeting that they decided to carry out the tests as part of the contact tracing. She said:
We have some people who tested positive and passed the virus to their families. We then conducted contact tracing which then led us to schools where we got those figures of children testing positive.
Kwekwe Mayor, Councillor Angeline Kasipo said the municipality decided to convert Garandichauya Beerhall into an infectious disease hospital and its refurbishment was almost complete.
Kwekwe was placed under lockdown following the detection of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the town which also claimed the life of Robson Kadenhe, a local businessman.