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Lilongwe Girls students Recovered

All students from Lilongwe Girls Secondary School that were found covid-19 positive have recovered.

This is according to a statement from the Ministry of Education collaborated by the Presidential Taskforce on Covid 19.

The statement shows that 278 students and 5 teachers that tested positive for the virus at the school and were isolated have now been discharged.

According to the statement they were discharged from isolation on Saturday by medical personnel having monitored and screened them again for COVID-19.

The students tested positive to Covid 19 on January 15, following a mass testing exercise at the institution.

“On 12th January 2021, a group of 19 students complained of mild illness which prompted School Management to consider testing for COVID-19, of which 16 tested positive. This discovery prompted the health authorities at Lilongwe District Health Office to do mass testing of both students and staff. By the evening of 15th January, 2021, all students had been tested and a total of 311 (51.4%) out of 605 students tested positive,” reads part of the statement.

Similar results have been registered at Nkhotakota Secondary School where 29 students and 1 teacher have also recovered from the virus.

The education authorities have given assurance that the students were well taken care of while in isolation.

“While in isolation the Ministry provided nutritional support and counselling and guidance and physical exercises to the students that did not require nor involve contact and touching,” the statement read.

President Lazarus Chakwera ordered a temporary closure of schools for three weeks to control the spread of the pandemic in education facilities.

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Meanwhile, the education authorities are hopeful of similar results  coming from other schools, if the students that were in isolation go for second round testing and screening.

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