©️ PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced a partial shutdown of the government effective from tomorrow, as authorities continue to take drastic action to mitigate the spread of the lethal coronavirus, the Daily News reports.
This comes after the death of prominent broadcaster Zororo Makamba on Monday — who was one of three known Zimbabweans who have so far tested positive for the disease in the country.
Addressing a Zanu PF politburo meeting in Harare yesterday, Mnangagwa said only a third of the more than 300 000 government employees would report for duty from tomorrow.
He also challenged the private sector to take similar action to decongest workplaces, to stem the spread of the pandemic that has wreaked havoc globally.
“Nonessential and essential staff must be encouraged to take turns and work from home wherever possible.
“As from Friday, for all government departments and ministries, one third of their staff will be at work for two weeks while two thirds will be at home.
“After that, another third will come, and another two thirds will be at home. Even here at our party headquarters, only one third must come to work,” Mnangagwa said.
“As party leaders, we must continue to live by example by practicing social distancing. It is in that spirit that we are holding this meeting in this hall, as opposed to our usual venue,” he added.
Mnangagwa further pleaded for unity among Zimbabweans, so that the country could fight the spread of the coronavirus.
“Covid-19 knows no political affiliation, social class or ethnic group. We must all stay safe,” he said.
Mnangagwa also said while the country’s borders would remain open, the government had banned nonessential travel and traffic — except for the movement of cargo.
“All returning residents will be subjected to strict screening procedures, including rigorous enforcement of the 21-day self-quarantine which must not be breached for whatever reason.
“Certificates of Covid-19 fitness, especially from countries with high incidences of infection will greatly assist in controlling the pandemic, both inside our country and globally,” he said.
He also reiterated that public transport facilities and markets like those in Mbare, in Harare, would remain open — with health personnel, security and volunteer workers deployed to these areas to enhance screening services.
On Monday, Mnangagwa also banned all recreational activities in the country, as government intensifies the fight against the spread of coronavirus.
He also introduced restrictions on hospital visits and reduced all public gatherings to a maximum of 50 people.
“Government has put a blanket ban on gatherings around night clubs, bars, beer halls, movie houses, swimming pools, gymnasium and other sporting activities, until further notice — and with immediate effect visits to hospital and clinics will be reduced to one visit per day, and even then, involving one relative per patient,” he said.
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