Fully vaccinated people to be exempted from wearing masks in public areas

By Owen Mandovha

Government has with immediate effect removed the mask obligation on those who have been fully vaccinated, while at the same time invoking the Civil Protection Unit Act to deal with rising cases of measles which have gone up to 2056 and 157 casualties.

This was announced by the Minister, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa in a Post-Cabinet Media Briefing in Harare this Tuesday.

“Noting the significant decrease in COVID-19 cases Cabinet resolved that those who have been fully vaccinated with the of the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended vaccines are now exempted from mandatory wearing of face masks in outdoor public places but should however wear face masks in indoor public places and on public transport. Those who are fully vaccinated should carry their vaccination cards all the time.

“The nation is being informed that following a report of the first case of measles in Mutasa District, Manicaland Province on 10th August 2022, the disease has now spread to other provinces. Government has invoked Civil Protection Unit Act to deal with the emergency, and the Ministry of Health and Child Care is on the ground carrying out an intensive vaccination programme. Cabinet has also directed the Ministry of Health and Child Care to engage Traditional and Faith leaders for their support on the vaccination programme,” she said.

31 remains of Cyclone Idai victims swept to Mozambique have been exhumed, with Government offering state assisted burials to the bereaved families.

“The nation is being informed that following a Cabinet decision to exhume bodies of victims of Cyclone Idai that were swept to Mozambique through the Rusitu River, a team comprising pathologists, the Zimbabwe Republic Police forensic officials, the Zimbabwe National Army and the Civil Registry was set up to carry out the exhumations.

“The team, assisted by the Zimbabwean Ambassador to Mozambique Ambassador Matematanda, held consultations with Mozambican officials and traditional leadership before carrying out a total of 31 exhumations,” she added.

Government has set the record straight on the existing cordial relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa after the publication of nefarious comments by a local daily attributed to South Africa’s International Relations Minister.

“Cabinet noted with concern unfounded reports by a local daily publication attributing some comments to the Minister of International Relations in South Africa, Honourable Naledi Pandor. Government
wishes to assure the nation that Zimbabwe enjoys excellent fraternal relations with the Republic of South Africa.

“The statements attributed to the Honourable Minister are a clear fabrication. Cabinet wishes to
reiterate the need for the journalistic profession to stick to the dictates of ethical reportage as we build our country towards the attainment of Vision 2030. It is noted that Honourable Naledi Pandor is a great Pan-
Africanist and a consummate diplomat who has demonstrated respect for sovereign decisions for other nations.”

Several priority projects under the second 100 day cycle were announced in housing, health and education sectors as government continues to enhance its infrastructural capacity in line with the National Development Strategy One.