SENIOR STAFF WRITER
AUTHORITIES are considering lifting the current coronavirus curfew as the country records increasingly fewer infections and more recoveries from the lethal disease, the Daily News reports.
“The success story is pointing to the good mechanisms that we have put in place, including the curfew which we introduced after a very scientific review which analysed our capacity and capability.“Decisions that we make are informed, whilst thorough research is done. If and when we are satisfied that the environment is conducive, we will consider that (curfew review).“At the moment, there is equilibrium between increases in infections and increases in the recoveries. So, it is important that we continuously review as we improve,” Muchinguri-Kashiri, who is also the head of the Covid-19 taskforce, said.
“It is difficult for now to say we have won the war against Covid-19. We need to do more tests.
“If we deal properly with the issue of tests, we will be able to know the correct figure of positive cases. For now it is difficult to conclude so.“Let us remain focused,” Norman Matara, the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZAHDR), told the Daily News.“We must know that there are some people who are not going for tests and these people recover at home. So, and for now, we cannot have a definite conclusion.“On the ground, we had already relaxed (lockdown measures), but what we need to do is to strengthen our health institutions so that we have the capacity to treat those who come to hospital,” he added.
“Eight months into the pandemic, we understand that people are tired and yearn to get on with their lives.
“We understand that countries want to get their societies and economies going again. That’s what WHO wants too,” he said.
“We want to see children returning to school and people returning to the workplace, but we want to see it done safely,” Ghebreyesus added.
“A lot of research was done by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, together with the ministry of Health, and they are responsible for making recommendations to the taskforce and the task force also recommends to the Cabinet.“So, at the moment we are very satisfied that it is the statistics, the interaction which they undertook with all relevant stakeholders, that has been done and both indicated that they are happy.“All measures have been put in place to make sure that the environment will be safe to allow examinations to take place,” Muchinguri-Kashiri further told Parliament.“So, with that situation, we want to assure the nation that as I have indicated, everything is science-based. We undertake research to make sure our level of error is minimal,” she said further.