SENIOR STAFF WRITER
THERE are renewed calls for authorities to reimpose a tighter national coronavirus lockdown following a worrying surge in the number of locally-transmitted cases in the country, the Daily News reports.
Yesterday, the president of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina), Enock Dongo, said the nation could not afford to copy what other countries were doing in terms of relaxing their lockdowns — because their circumstances were different.
“Government needs to rethink its Covid-19 strategy. We need to go back to full-scale lockdown for about 21 days or more.“We cannot afford to go by what other countries are doing. As it is, 18 nurses in Bulawayo tested positive and imagine who else besides colleagues and patients have they met?” he told the Daily News.“Countries that have relaxed their lockdowns make sure that health officials do not go back home where they can meet with the public, and they also don’t use public transport.
“There is scope for the government to put in place new strict measures given the fact that we are experiencing a spike in Covid-19 cases.“What is worrying the most is that there is an increase in local transmissions.“Also very worrying is the fact that the government is failing to implement the few restrictions that have been left in place, including the putting on of face masks and practicing social distancing,” Musara told the Daily News.
“So, before we even talk about maximising the lockdown, we have to be able to implement what is supposed to be implemented now.
“Unfortunately, it now appears as if we are dealing with kindergarten children when we’re talking about adult citizens. All we need to do is to comply with the current measures.“People must just put on their masks, not only because they are approaching a roadblock, but because it is the right thing to do while in public,” she said.
“Local transmission is a worry to us and we are trying our best to improve it. In terms of going back to level one of the lockdown … we will first go down and see our modalities.