Tighter Covid-19 measures announced

by | Dec 15, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

 

By Pretty Manyewe

 

Covid-19 cases in Zimbabwe continue to increase on the back of the Omicron variant and government is tightening the rope in terms of curbing its spread.

 

28904 cases were recorded in the past seven days with a daily average of 4014 new cases per day. However, in spite of the alarming increase in new cases, the fatality rate has continued to decrease from 3.4% to 2.9%.

 

In a Post Cabinet Briefing, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, announced the new additional measure to be put in place effective immediately.

 

“In view of the marked increase in the recorded number of daily new cases, the public is advised that the following measures have been agreed to. All Government departments will stop face to face meetings. All remaining end of year planning and other such critical meetings shall be held virtually,” said Mutsvangwa.

 

“Communities at all levels are urged to remain vigilant and to continue adhering to COVID-19 prevention measures. Enforcement of all COVID-19 regulations at all levels will be strengthened. COVID-19 lockdown measures have been extended by another two weeks. A statement will be released.”

 

 

In light of all this, Government continues to strongly encourage the citizens to get vaccinated to save lives.

 

According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, a total of 3 956 020 people have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 2 976 972 people had received their second dose.

 

Pertaining to the update on procurement of the COVID-19 Vaccines, Minister Mutsvangwa also highlighted that , a total of 2.5 million Sinopharm doses were received from China during the week under review.

 

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care continues to work closely with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to track vaccine stocks to ensure that the country does not run out of vaccines. The Government is proud to announce that there are adequate stocks of vaccines for the benefit of all Zimbabweans. The Indian Embassy, in fulfilment of their pledge to deliver a donation of 40 000 doses of Covaxin have confirmed the consignment is scheduled to arrive in the country on 16 December 2021. The Government of Zimbabwe would like to appreciate this gesture of continued friendship and cooperation by the Government of India,” she said.‎