President defers school reopening

by | Dec 31, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

 

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President Mnangagwa has announced new lockdown measures, as Covid-19 cases continued to rise.

Schools reopening, which was meant for January 10 2022, have been deferred until further notice.

Only examination classes will be allowed to return to school.

“The current Level 2 National Lockdown is extended by a further two weeks after which an appropriate review will e announced guided by a scientific appreciation of the obtaining situation.

With the exemption of Examination Classes which resumes classes as announced by the responsible Ministry, the General school calendar is hereby delayed until further notice. Examination classes exempt from this delay are however expected to strictly comply with preventive health measure,” said President Mnangagwa.

Businesses are now expected to open from 7am to 7pm.

“While business reopens and resumes as normal, employers are expected to put in train all the essential preventive public health measures including encouraging part of their workforce to operate from home and through virtual platforms as practicable,” said President Mnangagwa.

He warned against complacency and called on people to show vigilance against the virus, through wearing of masks and observance of Covid-19 protocols.

“Those of our citizens who are yet to get vaccinated should without delay proceed to get vaccinated at designated vaccination centres. Provincial task force teams should be on hand to motivate and intensify the vaccination process,” said President Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe recorded 10384 new Covid-19 infections and 142 deaths in this last week of the year alone.

These statistics translate to an average of 1483 new cases per day and 20 deaths.

The last three days alone had 2000 new infections and 30 deaths reported daily.

Government is finalizing measures to introduce and roll out a nationwide booster vaccination programme.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned citizens against congregating to celebrate the crossover into the new year beyond curfew hours.

It is believed that parties and events are among the super spreaders of Covid-19.