Bars Will Remain Closed Until The Third Wave Has Passed Says Gvt

CABINET has announced that bars and night clubs remain closed until further notice owing to the growing threat of imminent COVID-19 third wave.

By Staff Reporter

Addressing Journalists during a Post Cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the move was in good faith.

Cabinet remains cognisant of the need to fully open all economic activities. However, in the face of the threat of a Third Wave, Cabinet has deferred consideration of the opening of bars and night clubs until further notice,” said Senetor Mutsvangwa.

Cabinet received an update on the procurement and roll out of COVID-19 Vaccines, which was presented by the Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Honourable C.G.D.N. Chiwenga.

She also said a total 288 229 and 36 778 people had received their first and second dose, respectively, across the country.

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care is currently carrying out vaccination campaigns all over the country. Cabinet was advised that the vaccination of residents of border towns has been prioritised and  is well on course.

“Cabinet notes that the strong COVID-19 surveillance system that Government had put in place had enabled the Ministry to detect outbreaks early. Cabinet was informed that on 16th April 2021 more outbreaks were reported at two boarding schools, namely: at St. Davids Bonda Girls School, in Manicaland and Embakwe High School in Plumtree. One hundred and forty-five (145) and ninety-one (91) learners tested positive, respectively.”

She however said the situation was under control and all the cases were mild and asymptomatic.

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care is testing and vaccinating members in the adjoining communities where the schools are located.  All those found positive have been quarantined.  The Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education; and Health and Child Care have intensified enforcement of the COVID-19 standard operating procedures in all schools and those found violating COVID-19 preventive measures will be sanctioned.

“The nation is advised that His Excellency the President will be receiving   his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow at Kwekwe Hospital. Cabinet wishes to assure the nation that citizens can receive their second dose of the COVID-19 Vaccines anywhere in the country without prejudice.”

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