Zimbabwe President sets up new measures to combat Covid-19

President Emerson Mnangagwa

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The Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care has notified the nation about the new measures that were set up by His Excellency, President Emerson Mnangagwa as the country continues its battle against Covid-19.

The Ministry announced that one of the only two positive cases confirmed so far died today on the 24th of March 2020.

The National Microbiology Reference Laboratory tested a total of 15 suspected cases and contacts of the positive cases. All tested negative for COVID-19.

According to WHO, to date, more than 340 000 have been infected globally and more than 14 000 people have died. It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000 cases and just 4 days for the third 100,000 cases.

The Ministry continues to be on high alert to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following are some of the additional measures announced today by President Mnangagwa, to minimize further spread of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe. These additional measures take immediate effect.

  1. Boarder control: Government has decided to ban all non-essential travel and traffic, both inbound and outbound; except for the movement of cargo. The government will close all boarders to human traffic, excluding returning residents.
  2. Ban on entertainment and recreational activities: The government has put a blanket ban on gathering in nightclubs, bars, beerhalls, movie houses, swimming pools, gymnasium, and sporting activities.
  3. Public gatherings: All public gatherings should not exceed 50 persons. These include religious fellowship, weddings, conferences, workshops, and funerals.
  4. Hospital visits: Hospital visits have been reduced to one visit per day, involving one relative per patient.

The Ministry reminded everyone to remain vigilant in the prevention of COVID-19 and practice good personal hygiene including washing hands with soap and water frequently or use of an alcohol-based hand-rub, covering your nose and mouth with tissue paper or flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick, coughing or sneezing. Additionally, all non-essential travel is strongly discouraged.

The Ministry advised the Zimbabweans to call the tollfree hotline numbers for assistance +263714 734 593 or +263774 112 531 in case of any suspicion of the COVID-19 disease

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