Schools in Zambia reopened for the first time this year after several delays following a deadly cholera outbreak.

The reopening of schools has been postponed five weeks as part of a series of preventative measures to contain the spread of the highly contagious disease.

The Ministry of Education said it has been conducting school inspections across the country to assess their preparedness for reopening.

The spread of the disease has slowed, according to authorities.

About 500 people have died since the outbreak was reported last October. More than 15,000 cases have been reported so far, many of them affecting children.

Zambia has had several major cholera outbreaks, but the current outbreak is the worst in 20 years, according to the government.

The outbreak has also caused several infections and deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

The international group Save the Children stated that this latest health crisis is a threat to the education and protection of children never seen since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: BBC

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