Ambassador Shava apprise diplomats on Covid-19 situation

By Tendai Munengwa
GOVERNMENT has commended diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe for their continued humanitarian support to the country’s fight against COVID-19.
Government this Friday resumed its monthly briefing between members of national COVID-19 task force and foreign diplomats with a view to share information on how best to tackle the third wave, which has seen cases spiking this month.
“We resume monthly briefings in order to keep each other updated on the COVID-19 and humanitarian situation in the country. As I have alluded to above, the country is currently witnessing an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases and related deaths which prompted H.E. the President to declare Level-4 lockdown restrictions on 29 June 2021 for a period of two weeks and a further extension by another two weeks on 13 July 2021. These restrictions (which include limiting the numbers of people attending funerals, revised working and business hours, and an extended curfew period, among other measures), are aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in order to preserve lives. It is important that these measures be understood in that context and should not be viewed as attempts by Government to curtail the rights of its citizens,” briefed Ambassador Shava.
Ambassador Shava applauded members of the diplomatic community for their continued humanitarian support in time of need.
“In the light of the steady progress achieved thus far, we call upon our partners to continue supporting these national efforts and ensure that all these gains that the country has made to date are not reversed,” he said.
The virtual meeting chaired by Ambassador Shava brought together members of National COVID-19 Taskforce and the diplomatic corps as well as other international partners to share notes and map the way forward in the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

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