Z’bar to reopen colleges, soccer league next week

28May 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Z’bar to reopen colleges, soccer league next week

​​​​​​​ZANZIBAR has announced the easing of coronavirus restrictions to enable students in universities and those in Form VI to resume classes next week.

Zanzibar Second Vice-President Seif Ali Iddi.

Zanzibar Second Vice-President Seif Ali Iddi issued a directive to that effect in an official statement yesterday, saying Form VI students need to prepare for final exams and those in higher learning institutions to continue with studies.

The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training will convene discussions with the Ministry of Health to draw up guidelines for reopening, especially vital precautionary measures to curb infections, he said.

The Zanzibar government made the decision following “great success” achieved in the fight against the disease, he stated, noting further that sports activities including the Zanzibar Football League will resume from June 5.

Ministry of Youth, Culture and Arts officials shall work out guidelines to reopen the league with the Ministry of Health and the Zanzibar Football Federation (ZFF).

As with the Union augthorities, the Second VP said in regard to primary and secondary schools, including Form IV and V will remain closed until further notice.

He said the Covid-19 infections situation in the Isles has been controlled, with 19 patients admitted at various health facilities in the two islands.

Three patients are being cared for at the Vitongoji Health Centre in Pemba and their condtion is good while 19 patients are admitted in Zanzibar, he elaborated.

“I like to inform the public that to a large extent we have reined in Covid-19 infections, reducing the number of cases from 134 to 19,” the VP declared.

He urged people to continue taking precautionary measures to protect themselves against the disease as it is still a threat.

People should not harbor fears and simply continue with their income generating activities while taking precautions, the veteran administrator added.