Govt to tighten current lock down, introduce localised lock downs

By ZBC Reporter

THE government says it is will tighten the current lockdown restrictions and introduce localised lockdowns.

This follows a spike in COVID-19 locally transmitted cases and the number of deaths recorded. Bulawayo and Harare are the most affected provinces having recorded the highest number of deaths with seven and eight deaths, respectively. The Ministry of Health and Child Care, yesterday announced another 30 infections, 14 among returning residents and 16 within Zimbabwe.

In a post-cabinet media brief the Minister of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa announced a number of interventions meant to curb the increase in transmissions and deaths from the coronavirus.

“To curb the increase in transmissions as well as deaths from COVID-19, cabinet resolved to tighten the current lockdown restrictions, while localised lockdowns will be introduced in hotspots and further opening up of the economy is halted.

“Testing in communities with high cases of local transmission such as Bulawayo will be increased, the re-opening of schools shall be deferred pending a review of the situation, while the writing of public examinations continues,” she said.

The government also announced that it will avail 2 busses to ferry returnees that test positive from Beitbridge to isolation centres closer to their homes.

The government also remains with the sole responsibility for inter-city travel for those that really require traveling especially to seek medical attention.

Cabinet also expressed concern over the contravention of lockdown regulations by some religious sects.

“Cabinet further noted with concern that some members of some religious sects have gathered in their numbers in Manicaland Province for their yearly retreat, in contravention of COVID-19 regulations that prohibit gatherings of more than fifty (50) people. This poses high risk to the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, Cabinet directed that the gathering should disperse forthwith,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.

The President is expected to announce comprehensive measures on the way forward regarding the country’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.