Covid-19: Zim to set up Experts Advisory Committee

BY ZBC Reporter
As schools prepare to reopen for examination classes, the government says steps are being taken to ensure ZUPCO has enough buses to ferry teachers and pupils to their respective schools.

Briefing the media this Monday evening after the weekly Covid-19 National Inter-Ministerial Taskforce Meeting, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said returnees with 48-hours negative COVID-19 certificates are now being released at ports of entry for self-quarantine as per Cabinet’s directive. While returnees without certificates proceed to a quarantine facility, where they are tested and either discharged for self-quarantine or isolation, based on their status.

She added that two new Covid-19 testing laboratories have been added, bringing the number of facilities in the country to 32.

“Unki mine and PSI have been added to the inventory of testing labs. Additionally, renovations of the dangerous pathogens lab are now complete and the lab is ready for commissioning.”

Minister Mutsvangwa also said the task force is in the process of selecting candidates to make up the Experts Advisory Committee as directed by Cabinet.

“In response to the Cabinet meeting of 18 August 2020, which took note of the change in transmission scenarios and directed the setting up of a mechanism that would strengthen management and response to the rising local transmissions; the Taskforce received nominations for 13 candidates who will make up an Experts Advisory Committee.”

She also highlighted that as part of efforts to combat and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has adopted a deliberate policy for innovation and import substitution. As a result of this push, Zimbabwe’s tertiary institution and local companies have been producing various PPE, drugs and other medical sundries which are crucial to the fight against COVID-19.

Noting that local transmissions now account for the majority of news cases, Minister Mutsvangwa implored Zimbabweans not to be complacent

“For months we have been talking about adhering to protective and preventative measures, we have had a total lockdown which has been gradually relaxed to where we are today. A key issue that has been constant in all this is that each and every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that we protect ourselves and those around us from catching or transmitting COVID-19.”