Health & Community

Chiwenga Locks Kwekwe Down

The Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, General (Retd.) Dr. Constantino Chiwenga calling on the President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 23, 2018.

By Zandile Tandi

The Health Minister and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga Friday imposed a two-week lockdown for Kwekwe after deadly Indian Covid-19 was detected in the city.

Among the restrictions announced by Chiwenga are shorter business operating hours and the banning of all gatherings including weddings, church services and all other public and private groupings.

In his statement the Health Minister said measures are meant to control the spread of the disease in the mining town

“The Ministry immediately put up measures to control the spread of the disease in Kwekwe. These included: – Case investigation and contact tracing, health education, disinfection of supermarkets, OK Mart, Amaveni Dumpsite, Pump Station, Kadenhe Home, Old Gokwe Road, Amaveni, junk yard pavement and National Test Seed pavements,” he said.

“Quarantine of positive cases and close contacts, risk communication and community engagement, community awareness and campaigns were intensified and screening of school children that were contacts.”

He added that, “This entails curfew running from 7pm to 6 am, no visitors to all boarding schools and all-day schools to observe strict Covid-19 school protocols.”

“Opening of business hours run from 8 am to 5 pm, all bars, drinking places beerhalls and bottle stores to be closed and all gatherings (weddings, church services and all other public and private groupings) are banned.”

On Funerals Chiwenga said they must be supervised by health personnel and should not gather more than 30 people.

Travellers through Kwekwe are strongly being advised to spend as little time as possible in Kwekwe during the next two weeks.


Robert Tapfumaneyi

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