UPDATED: More measures to curb Covid-19 in the pipeline: Pres Mnangagwa

By ZBC Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says he is set to impose more measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. The President was speaking at the statehouse this Wednesday where he received various COVID-19 essentials from several corporates as the fight against the invisible enemy continues.
He highlighted that the measures will affect production and the economy but was quick to note that saving lives is more important as the economy can be resuscitated but not people’s lives.
President Mnangagwa highlighted that saving lives remains the government’s top priority. In light of the spike in Covid-19 cases, President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government is prioritising the health and well-being of its citizens.
President Mnangagwa was speaking when he received donations from various corporates towards Covid-19 and Cyclone Idai response strategies.
“The cases of COVID-19 have started to go up. Our neighbours South Africa are experiencing a very difficult situation. We are not yet out of the woods those who do projections say this is just the beginning, an appeal to our nation not to be complacent. Initially, I declared a national lockdown now that we have been besieged am likely to impose more measures. These measures affect production, affect the economy, but we have to choose between having to suffer and survive and pick up the pieces and move on than have everyone die hoping to save the economy. Even before COVID-19 we had problems with the economy. The need to save lives is now a priority,” said the President.
The donations include 123 000 United States dollars worth of antibody rapid and antigen test kits from a South Korean company, Zundine Trade, 35 000 United States dollars worth of personal protective clothing from Multichoice Zimbabwe, PPEs from Angel of hope foundation and 15 000 United states dollars-worth of cement from PPC Zimbabwe for a cyclone Idai housing project.
President Mnangagwa welcomed the donations saying they have come at the right time as the country battles a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases.
“On behalf of the government and my own behalf, I would like to express my deep and sincere appreciation for the compassion you exhibit. We have continued to receive a lot of assistance from various organisations and countries we are grateful. Most pleasing is the response from our people in Zimbabwe,” thanked the President
President Mnangagwa in his personal capacity also donated five thousand food hampers to be distributed to Parirenyatwa, Sally Mugabe, Mpilo, UBH, Chitungwiza, Wilkins, Thorngroove and Beatrice infectious diseases hospitals.