Gvt Orders Schools With Poor COVID-19 Management Capacities To Close As Coronavirus Infects 100 Pupils In Matabeleland

CABINET has resolved to close schools without proper COVID-19 management equipment and capacity as well as those where COVID-19 is suspected as a means to avoid spread of the virus into communities. By Michael Gwarisa The call comes hot on the heels of a resurgence of COVID-19 in the country with Bulawayo emerging as the new epicenter for the virus amidst indications that not less than 100 pupils at  John Tallach Secondary School in Ntabazinduna, Matabeleland North province have so far tested positive for the virus. Briefing Journalists during a…

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Buses Bringing Zimbabweans From SA Should Get Clearance From Zim Consulate First- Cabinet

BUS operators involved in repatriation of Zimbabwean nationals from South Africa are now required to obtain clearance from the Zimbabwean consulate in Cape Town and Johannesburg two days before departure. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists during a post cabinet media briefing, Information and broadcasting services minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said, “In order to enable the smooth flow of returnees at the Beitbridge Border Post, the Embassy of Zimbabwe in South Africa has drawn up Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). All bus operators involved in the repatriation of Zimbabwean nationals from South…

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Over 1000 Zim Nurses Punished For Defying Flexi Hours Ban

A total 1 280 Zimbabwe nurses face disciplinary action for failure to comply with government’s ban of the flexi hours working arrangement. By Michael Gwarisa The flexi-hours regime was introduced early this year to cushion nurses who had gone on a strike owing to poor wages and high costs of living. In a pots cabinet media brief, Information and broadcasting services minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said Cabinet was briefed by Vice President Honourable C.G.D.N. Chiwenga, as the Minister of Health and Child Care, on the Withdrawal of Labour by Nurses.…

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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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