By Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa
Cabinet received an update on the country’s response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, which was presented by the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, as Acting Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force on the COVIDd-19 Outbreak.
Cabinet was informed that as at 6 April 2021, Zimbabwe’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 36 966, with 34 781 recoveries and 1 531 deaths.
The recovery rate is 94%, with 35 240 of the COVID-19 cases attributable to local transmission.
There are 654 active cases. Positivity continues to decline in response to national efforts to contain infection from the virus.
Cabinet informs the nation that henceforth, casinos will be allowed to re-open with strict observance of COVID-19 guidelines.
Those found disregarding the guidelines will have their licences revoked. Casinos have been closed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020
Cabinet considered and approved a progress report on the procurement and roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, which was presented by Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Honourable C.G.D.N. Chiwenga.
With regard to the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out programme, Cabinet was informed that as at 6 April 2021, a total of 133 992 people received the first dose and a total of 23 432 received the second dose.
Following reports of production of fake vaccination cards by unscrupulous individuals, Government in liaison with Fidelity Printers and the Registrar Generals’ Office has strengthened security measures through designing a water-tight Vaccination Certificate Card.
The Card, to be printed by Fidelity Printers, will exhibit the following features: invisible coat of arms, which shines under UV Light; fluorescent numbering; water-marked security paper; micro text underground; and guilloche pattern.
Government will leave no stone unturned in apprehending greedy malcontents bend on tampering with the security features of the Vaccination Cards.