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July 21, 2020 / comments : 0
BY STAFF REPORTER
Government has ordered the immediate closure of Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) after a lecturer recently tested positive for coronavirus.
CUT recently reopened it's doors to students to sit for their final year examinations amid a stringent Covid-19 preventative regime.
The Covid-19 national taskforce reached the decision to shut the university following a sharp increase in the number of local infections, which have breached the 1 700 mark yesterday while 26 people have died so far.
Speaking to the media on the taskforce's decision on Monday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services minister Monica Mutsvangwa also said only employees providing essential services will be permitted into towns' central business districts (CBDs) as the country slides back to near total lockdown.
"The taskforce directed that only those civil servants who were approved by the Public Service Commission to provide essential services should report for work, with the rest remaining in lockdown...
"Following the recorded infection at Chinhoyi University of Technology and in line with the guidelines for the reopening of universities and colleges, the taskforce resolved that the said institution undertakes all necessary and sensible steps to close," said Mutsvangwa.
Last week, CUT returning students, who were in the midst of writing examinations, were thrown into panic mode as news filtered that a lecturer had tested positive of the deadly Covid-19.
The development also sent jitters among the entire Chinhoyi community where some students rent accommodation.-LOCAL NEWS
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