Kwekwe on Local Lockdown for 2 weeks – VP Chiwenga

by | May 22, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

Following the report on the B.1.617 COVID-19 variant related cases in Kwekwe, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has decided to place the city on a localised lockdown, as a measure to reduce chances of spreading.

This was announced by the Minister of Health and Child Care, Vice President General (Rtd) Constantino Chiwenga in a statement on Friday May 21,2021.
“Kwekwe shall be on a Local Lockdown for the next two weeks effective May 21, 2021.
“Curfew will be running from 7 pm to 6 am,” said VP Chiwenga.

The conditions are simply a return to a more stricter variation of the lockdown, similar to what was experienced in level four.

“All bars, drinking places and bottle stores will be closed and all gatherings including weddings, church services and all other private groupings have been banned.
“Funerals must be supervised by health personnel and should not gather more than 30 people,” he added.

All boarding school visitings has been banned, while travelers through Kwekwe are strongly being advised to spend as little time as possible in Kwekwe during the next two weeks.

The COVID-19 cases were reported between May 9, 2021 and May 21, 2021 with the last case being on the May 14, 2021 being confirmed as being the Indian B.1.617 variant.

VP Chiwenga assured the nation that his Ministry has put in place measures to control the spread of the disease in Kwekwe. This includes doing a thorough research on who the Kadenhe family (Index Cases) came into contact with and where they might have gone.

“We have carried out case investigations and traced down all the contacts of the index cases and their contacts.

“Plubic facilities such as supermarkets, OK Mart, Amaveni Dumpsite, Pump Stations, Kadenhe Home, Old Gokwe Road, Junk Yard pavement and the National Test Seed pavements were disinfected,” said VP Chiwenga.

He also said index cases and their contacts got their health education while in confined in Isolation and quarantine respectively and intensified campaigns and Risk Communication are still on going.

Both day schools and boarding school students were mandated to strictly follow COVID-19 school protocol religiously. Among the index cases in quarantine were three children who tested positive.

Their contacts and classmates were screened and all tested negative