President Emmerson Mnangagwa has directed that all schools and universities must close next week Tuesday as a precautionary measure against the spread of the Coronavirus.
This follows an earlier announcement this week banning public gatherings of more than 100 people.
“Following concerns from parents, as well as representations by the educational sector, Government has decided that all schools and tertiary institutions (colleges, polytechnics and universities) will now close on Tuesday 24th March, 2020 as a precaution against the outbreak and spread of Coronavirus,” President Mnangagwa said in a statement.
“While Zimbabwe has not recorded any cases of the virus to date, Government thought it prudent to err on the side of caution, more so in respect of institutions where human concentration and contact is expectedly high. The decision is part of the worldwide outbreak and rapid spread of Coronavirus,” he added.
Government will advise on dates for the reopening of all teaching institutions in the country once the threat of the virus is adjudged to have receded.