KWEKWE: Another lecturer at Kwekwe polytechnic has succumbed to COVID-19 following a similar incident that happened Monday last week.
The latest incident happened in Masvingo where the lecturer had gone on official business.
COVID-19 Kwekwe District chairperson Fortune Mupungu who confirmed the incident says the lecturer died in Masvingo where he had gone for HEXCO examination marking.
He said the deceased had initially tested negative but later tested positive to the virus after falling sick in Masvingo.
The college has since suspended face to face lectures for two weeks to assess the situation at the institution after 45 students and three lectures tested positive to the virus.
Another lecturer also tested positive to the virus on Thursday.
Staff has however been coming to work while students who tested positive while residing at the institution were placed in isolation.
Some workers at the institution who could not be named for professional reasons are now calling for a total closure of the institution following the latest casualty.
Their concerns come at a time when cases in the Midlands province have been on the rise with Midlands State University also suspending face to face lessons amid indications that several students at Zvishavane and Gweru main campus tested positive to the virus.
Gweru and Kwekwe have now been declared COVID-19 hotspots following a spike in cases in the two cities.