Polytechnic putting in place measures to ensure no escalation of COVID-19 cases after one student tests positive

By Duncan Mlanjira

One student at the Polytechnic in Blantyre, has been confirmed positive of COVID-19 but management has assured parents and guardians that it has already put in place measures of ensuring that there is no escalation of the cases on campus.

Coronavirus alert

In a press statement, the management the single confirmed COVID-19 case was registered on Friday, January 8 and “efforts were immediately made to isolate the student from where the concerned student was residing”.

It said the guardians were informed on the situation and the student has since gone home for isolation and that management — in liaison with Blantyre DHO, has embarked on contact tracing for those that were in contact with the student.

Coronavirus alert

“Once the contacts have been identified, they will be isolated and  tested for COVID-19,” says the statement.

Management says one of the key measures put in place of ensuring that there is no escalation of cases is to decongest the campus further by migrating most of its programs to Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT).

It also will intensify screening of those accessing the College, coupled with regular disinfection and wearing of face masks at all times.

Coronavirus alert

“Further, Management is pleading with all students and staff to always observe the COVID-19 measures put in place and make sure that we all mask up in order to avoid escalating the spread of the virus on campus.

The Polytechnic is the constituent college of the University of Malawi.