17,000 Arrested In One Week For Breaking COVID-19 Regulations In Zimbabwe

A total 17, 727 arrests were made countrywide during the over the past seven days for flouting the various lockdown regulations, bringing the total  arrested so far to 607 386.

Staff Reporter

Briefing Journalists during a Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa warned citizens against disregarding COVID-19

Law enforcement agents are intensifying efforts to curb the re-emergence of illegal transport operators. Seventeen thousand seven hundred and twenty seven (17 727) arrests were made countrywide during the week under review for flouting the various lockdown regulations, bringing the total  arrested so far to 607 386,” said Senetor Mutsvangwa.

She added that investigations in Pumula, Bulawayo revealed that only two schools were affected, and the rest were operating normally.

“Government reiterates that it will strictly apply the no-work no-pay labour principle to all cases of teacher absenteeism, and the responsible Ministry has compiled and submitted a list of teachers that did not conduct lessons in March to the Public Service Commission. The April list is being compiled. Meanwhile, Learner attendance across the country remained the same as recorded last week.”

She also said efforts to prevent a third wave of the COVID-19 Outbreak, engagement of stakeholders and partners is being intensified, with a view to pooling both human and financial resources for more effective responses.  She added that new strategies including focused interventions and intensified community engagements have been adopted.

"In light of infections experienced in schools, sub-national communication structures have intensified campaigns in COVID-19 hotspots and in cases where community infections are noted."

Meanwhile, as s of 26 April, 2021, a total of 353 834 people had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 57 776 their second across the country.

“Cabinet wishes to assure citizens that they can receive their vaccination jabs anywhere in the country. This applies to the second vaccination dose as well, that is, people may be vaccinated at a location different from where they took their first jab if they so wish.

“Regarding resources, it is advised that the Global Fund allocated US$75 million to complement Government efforts in the fight against COVID-19. The allocation is for three years, from 2021 to 2023. It should, however, be noted that Government continues to provide resources from its own coffers for the COVID-19 response programme, with ZW$11 billion having been released since the onset of the Outbreak.”

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