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Cross border traders are stopped forthwith, Zimbabwe Health Minister


02 January 2021

Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE

Pretoria –The Zimbabwean government has put in place stricter lockdown measures in light of recent cases of covid-19, the Minister of Health Dr Constantino Chiwenga said Saturday evening.

The measures have been  announced Saturday evening by Health Minister Dr Constantino Chiwenga following the resurgence of covid -19 deaths  recorded around the country in the last week and  government announced a raft of measures meant to control the spread of covid -19.

 “The Government has noted with concern that public gatherings are the super spreader events of the deadly pandemic. Gatherings are reduced to not more than 30 people at all funerals. All the gatherings at weddings, churches, bars, bottle stores, gymnasiums, restaurants are banned for 30 days’.

Chiwenga went on to say that the existing covid-19 preventative measures will be strictly enforced that is to say, “The correct wearing of  face masks, social distancing, hand sanitisation and temperature checks will be strictly enforced and offenders prosecuted”.

The Health Minister clarified that only essential services will be allowed to come to work with the rest staying at home.

“Only essential services are to remain open such as hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets, with only essential staff allowed to come to work. These services can only open at 8am and must close at 3pm and will be subject to curfew that will start at 6pm and end at 6pm”, Chiwenga maintained.

As a result of the increasing number of covid-19 deaths  in Zimbabwe, Chiwenga said that government has tightened screws in order to curb the spread of the deadly pandemic.

“Fellow Zimbabweans we have seen a surge in  covid -19 cases during the festive season with 1,342 Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths being recorded in a week, representing the highest number recorded so far. We have seen the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths almost double in 2 months from i374 on 1 November to 14084 to date”.

“The cumulative number of covid-19 cases in Zimbabwe as of 1 January 2021 is now 14084 cases and 369 deaths that in view of the surge in covid -19 cases the Government has intensified testing and patient care throughout all the provinces”, said Chiwenga.

Other measures which have been announced include but not limited to; Inter provincial and inter City transport services are restricted only to essential services and Part 4 commercial services .People must stay at home save for  buying food and medicines or transporting sick relatives. Other exceptions are as specified in the lockdown order.  As for schooling only examinations classes are to open now.

Chiwenga maintained that; Cross borders are stopped forthwith save for commercial and transit cargo related to essential and critical services. Air transport will remain unhindered and will continue as before with arrivals and returning residents being subjected to thorough screening.