President extends lockdown

by | Jul 13, 2021 | COVID 19 | 0 comments

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended the current lockdown with a further two weeks.

In a just ended address on national television, President Mnangagwa said the extension is necessary in the current fight against Covid-19 as it minimizes movement and allows the ramping up of the vaccination programme.

President Mnangagwa said the country has a target to vaccinate as many Zimbabweans as possible during the period.

“Our vaccination programme remains one of the most successful in Africa and the two week extension will pave way for the new vaccination target that has been set which will see one million people being vaccinated. World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines will be followed and workplaces are to be decongested. There will be strict enforcement of ban on intercity travel with offenders facing withdrawal of licenses and fines,” said President Mnangagwa.

The head of state also informed the country that 80 percent of the new COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe are of the Delta-Variant type.

The extension of the lockdown –which maintains the same conditions- has necessitated by a continuous surge in the number of new infections and deaths.

As of July 12, 2021, Zimbabwe had 70 426 confirmed cases, including 46 932 recoveries and 2 236 deaths.

A total of 926 312 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with their first dose.