Authorities in Zambia on Saturday said schools will not reopen next week as earlier planned because the number of COVID-19 cases is still on the rise.
On June 17, the government closed preschools, primary and secondary schools for 21 days while colleges and universities were directed to only conduct online lessons.
In a statement, Amos Malupenga, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services said a review conducted has established that there was a need for further preparations before schools were allowed to re-open as well as monitoring the evolvement of the COVID-19 situation.
“While government is resolved to keeping our learners in schools as we continue responding to COVID-19, we have to strike the delicate balance between saving lives and allowing learning to continue,” he said.
He said a joint detailed assessment will be conducted by relevant government ministries from July 8 to 15th, to further ascertain the schools’ readiness to reopen and resume normal operations.
According to him, a decision will then be made subject to the evolution of the pandemic in the country.
The country recorded 1,874 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours out of 8,733 tests done. This brought the cumulative cases to 162,487. The country lost 56 people during the same period, bringing the death toll to 2,397. Enditem