Cabinet updates nation on Covid-19

by | Mar 31, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

By Pretty Manyewe

Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 recovery rate is at a commendable 94 % with cumulative Covid-19 cases at 36805, 34572 recoveries, 1518 deaths and 715 active cases as of 30 March 2021.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa highlighted this during the Post Cabinet briefing yesterday.

She noted that the uptake of the Sinopharm Vaccine has increased significantly following the launch of Phase 2 of stage one of the vaccination program by His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Victoria Falls on 24 March 2021.

“The uptake of the vaccine in Victoria Falls has so far been commendable. As of 25 March 2021, a total of 11915 people had been vaccinated, a number that has since increased. Focus is now on hotspots which include the country’s major points of entry and exit such as Beitbridge, Plumtree, Chirundu, Kariba, Forbes, Nyamapanda Mutare, and two metropolitan cities of Harare and Bulawayo,” she said.

“Beneficiaries under this Phase two include people with pre-existing chronic conditions, the elderly and those confined to settlements and institutions such as prisons and refugee camps. Work on a civil service vaccination plan is underway,” she said.

“Following the resumption of inter-city travel, government is strengthening surveillance of the activities of public transporters to ensure adherence to Covid-19 regulations. The general transport situation is also being reviewed for the commuting public following reports of many commuters relying on unconventional means of transport in the form of pick-ups trucks and lorries,” she continued.

She highlighted that investigations are underway to bring the culprits to book who are producing fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates for sale to unsuspecting members of the public and boarding schools students should not travel to their homes for the Easter holidays as part of the strategy to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe vaccination program continues as the Government received 35 000 doses out of 75 000 of Covaxin vaccine from the government of India on the 29th of March.

A further 1 056 000 doses that were purchased by government from China were also delivered to Harare on the 30th of March.

Government is in the processing of purchasing another two million doses of vaccines from major suppliers around the world.