UZ Commences Production Of Swabs For Collecting COVID-19 Samples

THE university of Zimbabwe (UZ) in partnership with a local company have begun manufacturing swabs which will used in collecting COVID-19 samples as the country moves towards increasing testing levels. By Michael Gwarisa In media brief, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa said the swabs have been submitted to the Ministry of Health and Child Care and to Natpharm for quality assurance tests. Additionally, Government continues to make strides in ensuring that the country’s preparedness and response plans are upgraded. As part of the efforts to boost…

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Gvt Appoints COVID-19 Experts Advisory Committee

INFORMATION, publicity and broadcasting services minister, minister Monica Mutsvangwa has announced a new COVID-19 Experts Advisory Committee comprising of experts from various fields of expertise. By Michael Gwarisa The committee will provide scientific based evidence, advice and guidance on the National COVID-19 preparedness and response. The public may recall that Cabinet approved the establishment of a COVID-19 Experts Advisory Committee, whose objective will be to provide science-based evidence, advice and guidance on the National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response in support of timely evidence- based policy decisions. “Today, Cabinet approved the…

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Only 1 293 People Left In Zim Quarantine Centers

A total 1 293 people are still housed in quarantine centers across the country, signifying a huge reduction the figures recorded in the previous weeks. By Michael Gwarisa In media brief, Information, publicity and broadcasting services minister, Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said in as much as the recoveries were promising, danger was still lurking and people needed to be vigilant. Consequentially, our statistics have changed as we implement these new protocols. Recoveries have risen from 1 998 to 4 442 for the period between 14 August to 19 August 2020 largely…

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#BREAKING: Zim Lockdown Restrictions Relaxed, Curfew Now Starts At 8 PM

GOVERNMENT has revised the COVID-19 curfew as it moves to relax lockdown restrictions at the back of improved recoveries countrywide. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists during post cabinet media briefing, Information publicity and broadcasting services minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa said government had also moved to allow families to manage cases from home. In view of the surge in positive local cases, Cabinet approved Guidelines to help families manage COVID-19 cases at home. Furthermore, in order to curtail the spike in infections Zimbabwe requires a more robust testing regime. “Having noted…

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Zim COVID-19 Recoveries Increase By 95%

THE number is people recovering from the COVID-19 disease in Zimbabwe has been on an upward trend over the past few days, a government minister has announced. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists this morning, Information, publicity and broadcasting services minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa said even though the country is experiancing a surge in local transmissions, the number of recoveries was encouraging. The cumulative rapid screening and PCR tests conducted as of 3 August, 2020 are 137 808 (73 174 RDT and 64 634PCR). The country has recorded a cumulative four…

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#JUSTIN: Gvt Warns Hospitals Refusing To Admit Patients Without COVID-19 Test Results

INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa has cautioned health institutions against refusing to admit patients who do not have COVID-19 test results. By Michael Gwarisa In a media brief, Minister Mutsvangwa said refusing to admit patients for any reasons was illegal and in contravention of the country’s public health act. The Taskforce was informed that some private and public institutions are refusing to admit patients who have no COVID19 test results. This is contrary to provisions of the Public Health Act and Government warns those medical facilities…

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#JUSTIN: Call Off 31 July Protests, Gvt Warns Opposition As Local COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket

INFORMATION, publicity and broadcasting services Minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa, has called on all political leaders to call off the planned 31 July protests citing COVID-19 infections fears, amidst a spike in local transmissions. By Michael Gwarisa In a media brief, Minister Mutsvangwa said in as much as the call protests was a democratic right, it was ill-timed and could expose millions of Zimbabweans to COVID-19 infections. On 1 July, Zimbabwe recorded 14 new cases, on the 4th the number shot to 73 new cases, and yesterday our numbers jumped to…

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#JUSTIN: SAZ Reduces Certification Fees For SMEs Manufacturing PPE

INFORMATION and broadcasting services minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa says the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) has reduced certification fees for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). By Michael Gwarisa Addressing a Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Hon Mutsvangwa said the move would encourage local manufacturing of PPEs and also improve the quality of products being produced locally. As regards to PPE production, the SAZ has reduced the certification for SMEs and government institutions. Statutory instrument 124 of 2020 was gazetted providing for consignment based conformity assessment and…

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