Zimbabwe reacts to Omicron, adjust Covid-19 regulations

by | Nov 30, 2021 | COVID 19, International | 0 comments



President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced new measures set to manage the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

A new variant named Omicron was identified and has been rapidly spreading in different countries, prompting Zimbabwe to take precautionary measures.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, President Mnangagwa urged the country to remain vigilant and guard against complacency.

“…lately we have witnessed creeping complacency in most communities. Some individuals and groups are simply lowering their guard when it comes to measures we have recommended for Covid-19 prevention. In all likelihood, this worrisome complacency is likely to get worse as the festive season approaches. Our Nation thus faces the grim risk of a fourth wave which must be avoided at all cost,” President Mnangagwa said.

President Mnangagwa announced a number of measures which are likely to help Zimbabwe avert a fourth wave.

“All returning residents and visitors have to undergo PCR testing, and will be quarantined, at own cost, for days recommended by WHO, even if they present & negative PCR test results from elsewhere,” said President Mnangagwa.

Curfew hours have been adjusted from 10pm-5am to 9pm-6am.

“All shops will open for business from 0700 Hours and will close for business by 1900 Hours,” said President Mnangagwa.

All Covid-19 related Funerals will strictly be supervised by Ministry of Health and Child Care Environmental Health Officers and Technicians.

“No liquor will be consumed at bottle stores, which consequently cease to be drinking premises until further notice;

Night Clubs and bars will admit Vaccinated clients only,” said President Mnangagwa.

Restaurants are now required to close at 1900 hours.

Government will review these measures after 14 days.