By Staff Reporter
The nation is reminded that all beer halls, bars, pubs and nightclubs remain closed.
Bottle stores should strictly open for takeaways, as required by the law.
Restaurants are expected to continue to be open for 50% sit-in capacity, takeaways and deliveries.
Cabinet approved that the operating times for the restaurants be extended to 2100 hours.
In light of the general lack of compliance to COVID-19 regulations by citizens, the Law and Order Sub-
Committee will step up surveillance and enforcements, including community engagement on the risks associated with such complacency.
Meanwhile, the nation is being advised that the Provincial Education and Health focal teams have been successfully trained for the COVID-19 response in schools.
Each province has now developed a plan for implementation of nhanced Infection Prevention and Control,
Surveillance, Risk Communication and Community Engagement.
It is envisaged that compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be enhanced and buttressed by the standardized approach to the management of outbreaks in schools.
Cabinet advises that, as at 3 May, 2021, Zimbabwe’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 38 293, with 35 647 recoveries and 1 578 deaths.
The recovery rate stands at 93%, with 36 533 of cases being attributable to local transmission.
There are 1 073 active cases
As of 3 May 2021, a total of 437 751 people had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 99 765 their second dose across the country.
On confirmed COVID-19 cases in schools, Cabinet advises that 126 new infections were detected through the school’s surveillance system during the week under review.
Among these were 77 additional cases at Sacred Heart Primary School, Matabeleland South, 46 at George Silundika High School in Matabeleland North and 3 at Thornhill High School, Midlands.
Cabinet wishes to restate that any boarding school learners who test positive for COVID-19 should be isolated at their respective schools and should not be taken home.
Cabinet reiterates the position that there should be strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines by all institutions of learning and those found flouting these will be disciplined accordingly.