#COVID-19: WHO Warns Of Second Coronavirus Peak

THE World Health Organisation (WHO), has warned of a second peak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) amidst indications that the disease is currently in its first phase of infection the world over. HeanthTimes Reporter Briefing journalists on Monday, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said right now, we are “right in the middle of the first wave, globally.” “We’re still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up,” he added. We need to be also cognizant of the fact that the disease…

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Medical Solutions Donates Face Shields To Harare and Bulawayo City Councils

RECENTLY Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) certified medical equipment manufacturer, Medical Solutions Zimbabwe has donated a total of 200 face shields towards the Zimbabwe COVID-19 battle. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes soon after the handover event, Medical Solutions Director, Shepard Chakanza said the 200 face shields would be distributed evenly between the Harare and Bulawayo City councils health departments to advance the fight against the raging COVID-19 pandemic. We went to Wilkins  after we were told by the City of Harare to go and make a donation…

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20 Years In Jail For Spreading Fake News On COVID-19

 THE government has gazetted tough new laws that could see people spending up to 20 years in prison for spreading fake news on the novel coronavirus. SOURCE: NEWSDAY According to Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020, people who peddle information deemed false by the government face up to 20 years in prison, a hefty fine or both. “For the avoidance of doubt any person who publishes or communicates false news about any public officer involved with enforcing or implementing the national lockdown in his or her capacity as such, or about…

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#Breaking: Zim Confirms First Coronavirus Case

Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo has confirmed Zimbabwe’s first Coronavirus (Covid-19) case. By Michael Gwarisa The minister said the case was identified in Victoria Falls and is currently being monitored in the resort town while other suspected cases are also being checked at various health institutions. Read full statement from ministry below

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ARTUZ Calls For Immediate Closure Of Schools Amid #Coronavirus Fears

A firebrand Zimbabwean teachers union is threatening to pull out its members from school by March 20 should schools not be closed forthwith. By Kudakwashe Pembere The Rural Teachers Union calls for the closure of schools with immediate effect as the country prays to be spared by the menacing Coronavirus Disease. “Almost all schools have a population of more than 100 people who spend the day together. Therefore in the wake of this pandemic, ARTUZ wishes to advice the ministry to immediately close all government schools on the 20th of…

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South Africa Coronavirus Cases Shoot Through The Roof

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SOUTH Africa could be battling to contain the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), amidst indications that the number of confirmed cases in the neighbouring country has  risen to 116.  By Michael Gwarisa Even though South Africa recorded Coronavirus later than Egypt, Algeria and other African countries, the sporadic rise in the Covid-19 cases in the Southern African country makes it the second highest country in Africa by in infection rate after Egypt which has 196 cases. South Africa Department of Health on Wednesday morning confirmed that  31 new cases were reported…

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Confusion Rocks Vic Falls Tourist Coronavirus Case

ZIMBABWE has once again been thrown into abyss of confusion following conflicting statements by the ministries of Health and that of Tourism relating to a case whereby a United Kingdom (UK) tourist is reported to have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) upon arrival in the UK a few days after leaving Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The bewilderment comes hot on the heels of a Post Cabinet Media briefing where Tourism and Hospitality Industries minister, Honorable Mangaliso Ndlovu told Journalists that the lady in question was yet to be tested contrary…

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#BREAKING: Lesotho Shuts Boarders As Coronavirus Fears Grow

THE government of Lesotho has with immediate effect suspended in and outbound travel as it seeks to protect its citizens from Coronavirus infection, making it the first country in Africa to issue a travel ban as a result of the pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Lesotho Principal Secretary and National Contact Point, Mrs Motena Tsolo said the move has been driven by the growing cases of human to human Covid-19 infections elsewhere in the world. This correspondence serves to inform the SADC Secretariat that the Lesotho Government has…

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It Cant Be Business As Usual- UN Warns Gvts As Coronavirus Enters Pandemic Phase

THE United Nations (UN) Secretary General (SG) Mr António Gutteres has called on governments across the globe to ramp up efforts to screen, monitor and manage the Coronavirus outbreak following the World Health Organisation (WHO) announcement of the bug now being a global pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Mr Gutteres called for calm while at the same time vigilance in the face of the pandemic which has already claimed more than 4629 lives in China  and outside mainland China. All of us face a common threat – the…

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Legislators Worried About Zim Airport Coronavirus Preparedness

PARLIAMENTARIANS have raised concerns over Robert Gabriel Mugabe (RGM) International Airport’s preparedness to handle the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) should it come in Zimbabwe. By Kudakwashe Pembere These reveletaions were made during  Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care tour of RGM International Airport and Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital on Wednesday. Speaking to the media after the tour, Parliament Health Committee chairperson Dr Ruth Labode said she had some concerns including Immigration officers at the airport wearing wrong masks. The officers wore surgical masks which are flat instead of N95…

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