HUNDREDS of members of various Apostolic Sects gathered in Bocha, Marange over for their annual conference, flouting government set lockdown regulations.
By Michael Gwarisa
This was confirmed by Information, publicity and broadcasting services minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa during a post cabinet media briefing this week.
Cabinet further noted with concern that some members of some religious sects have gathered in their numbers in Manicaland Province for their yearly retreat, in contravention of COVID-19 regulations that prohibit gatherings of more than fifty (50) people.
“This poses high risk to the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, Cabinet directed that the gathering should disperse forthwith,” said Minister Mustsvangwa.
She added that government was disturbed by the spike in COVID-19 locally transmitted cases and the number of deaths recorded.
“To curb the increase in transmissions as well as deaths from COVID-19, the following measures were adopted: (a) that the current lockdown restrictions will be tightened, while localised lockdowns are introduced in hotspot areas and further opening up of the economy is halted; (b)that testing in communities with high cases of local transmission such as Bulawayo will be increased;
“(c) that the re-opening of schools shall be deferred pending a review of the situation, while the writing of public examinations continues;(d)that private schools that have already opened without permission will be penalized; (e) that Government shall have the sole responsibility for inter-city travel for those that really require to travel especially to seek medical attention; and (f) that two (2) buses will be availed to transport those that test positive from Beitbridge to their respective provincial isolation centres.”