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Lockdown Extended By Two More Weeks

by Bustop TV News

By Lerato Ndlovu

The government has extended the level two lockdown by two weeks with no further relaxations.

Speaking at a post cabinet meeting yesterday Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said in spite of the declining cases of covid-19 cases government would maintain the level two lockdown and citizens are expected to adhere to the stipulated measures.

“Given that the COVID-19 intensity and duration both increase with each wave, citizens should continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols and preventive measures in place in order to prevent a fourth wave.

“Law enforcement agents and the Public Service Commission will continue to strictly enforce the COVID-19 containment measures, especially the vaccination requirements pertaining to gatherings, opening of bars and nightclubs, and the requirement for civil servants to be vaccinated in order to be allowed to report for work,” she said.

“Similarly, in spite of the declining cases of COVID-19 cases the Level 2 Lockdown will be maintained for a further two weeks and members of the public should strictly adhere to the stipulated measures”.

She alluded that the country has received health equipment necessary in curbing the pandemic and distribution was done to central hospitals.

“Government also continues to ramp up the country’s case management capacity, to that end, a consignment of medical equipment, including ventilators, multiparameter monitors, syringe pumps, infusion pumps and intensive care unit beds were purchased and have since been received. The equipment was distributed Central Hospitals in the country”.

As at 18 October, under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, 3 228 506 people had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 2 486 318 had received their second dose. These figures translate to a national coverage of 37.9% for the first dose and 29.1% for the second dose.

As at 19 October 2021, Zimbabwe had 132 437 confirmed cases, including 126 621 recoveries and 4 659 deaths.

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