Senator calls for stiffer penalties for Covid-19 offenders

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Nyasha Dube

MATABELELAND North senator Sikhanyisiwe Mpofu has called for strict penalties to be meted out on people who
are violating coronavirus (Covid-19) regulations such as social distancing and the wearing of masks.
This comes as several educational institutions are contemplating closing in the wake of a second Covid-19 wave which has seen over 100 pupils at John Tallach Secondary School in Matabeleland North recently testing positive for the killer virus.

As of yesterday, Zimbabwe had registered 265 deaths out of 9 120 Covid-19 infections. Mpofu told the Senate last week that the surge in coronavirus infections in the country was due to the laxity to follow proper Covid-19 preventative measures, particularly the failure to practise social distancing.

“It seems most of the people are not complying with the regulations that are in line with Covid-19 so as to curtail the spread of this disease.

“Right now, schools have been opened and students are seen walking along the roads without social distancing at all. That leads to the spread of the disease,” said Mpofu.

She added that parents have a crucial role to play to ensure that schoolchildren comply with regulations put in place to stem the spread of the deadly virus.

“Wherever there are students failing to comply with regulations to control Covid-19, I implore parents to ensure that their children comply with the regulations,” said the senator, adding that there should be a more rigorous enforcement of coronavirus regulations.

“It is sad that in Victoria Falls there are such people from Zambia who have been allowed to go and that will enhance the spread of Covid-19.

“People should be arrested and given deterrent sentences because they want to infect other people.”

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