By ZBC Reporter
The government says considerable progress has been made in vacating returnees from schools that were being used as quarantine centres.
This was said by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-cabinet briefing in Harare this Tuesday.
“In preparation for the impending opening of schools, it is pleasing to note that considerable progress has been made in vacating returnees from schools that were being used as quarantine centres. Efforts to refurbish the identified alternative centres are being enhanced.”
Minister Mutsvangwa, however, expressed concern over some teachers who are illegally conducting extra lessons in violation of lockdown regulations. Saying such practices, which endanger the lives of the children in question, should be stopped forthwith.
This comes at a time when Covid-19 confirmed cases have increased to three hundred and eighty-seven (387), with the number of recoveries also increasing to fifty-four (54) and deaths still at four, which means the number of active cases stands at three hundred and twenty-nine (329). Most of these cases are from returnees from countries that include South Africa, Botswana, and the United Kingdom. At the moment, two thousand three hundred and fifty-two (2 352) returnees are in quarantine.
Senator Mutsvangwa said Cabinet noted that the Covid-19 curve is flattening although the number of confirmed cases remains higher than what it was at inception.
“Cabinet noted that, though the number of confirmed cases remains higher than what it was at the inception of the Lockdown, it is flattening, indicating the need to strengthen the control measures currently in place, especially on returnees, to ensure a decline in cases.”
Cabinet also resolved to conduct random testing in strategically selected populations to obtain Covid-19 test results that are more representative of Zimbabwean society.
The Minister also announced that the government is engaging other SADC countries to ensure that there is enhanced cooperation and coordination with regard to facilitating the smooth and orderly transit of SADC nationals across regional borders.
“Engagements are underway to ensure that returnees are tested and their status made known to the receiving country as Zimbabwe recently did with some Malawians that were transiting by bus through Zimbabwe.”
Cabinet was also told that the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development has developed a strategy to reopen registered and organised micro-enterprises. The strategy is set to formalise the sector and ensure sustainability even in the post-COVID-19 period.
This comes following adjustments to Level 2 of the lockdown by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to allow registered informal sector players to go back to work.