Covid-19: Burundi open schools while Uganda insists to vaccine teachers and students

Covid-19: Burundi open schools while Uganda insists to vaccine teachers and students

Covid-19: Burundi open schools while Uganda insists to vaccine teachers and students

/ POLITIQUE / Monday, 13 September 2021 16:30

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Kabakura Jean Bosco Ceusi

Burundi’s Health Ministry has imposed mandatory Covid-19 screening for students reporting back to school. In the first week of September 2021 Covid-19 cases increased especially in Bujumbura and other towns in the countryside.

Up to now, schools remaine closed in Uganda despite several hints by government officials and a slow successful teachers' vaccination campaign launched late August.

 Schools in Burundi are set to reopen on Monday September 13, after a three-month long holiday, amid a surge in Covid-19 cases countrywide.

The Ministry of Health has imposed mandatory Covid-19 screening for students reporting back to school.

“The mass test mandatory for students in secondary and boarding schools kicked off on Friday and will run up to Tuesday 14 September. Other students may go for the test voluntarily,” Jean Bosco Girukwishaka, spokesman for the Minister of Health told the nation media group agencies.

“In the first week of September 2021 Covid-19 cases increased especially in Bujumbura and other towns in the countryside. This is the result of not complying with preventive measures against the pandemic,” he added

According to the government’s Covid-19 report dated September 6, 2021 the daily average rate of new Covid-19 cases stood at 154 since July 21, 2021 when the highest number of new cases was recorded.

In Uganda, on the other hand, despite several hints by government officials and a slow but successful teachers' vaccination campaign launched late Augustschools remain closed

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