We are on right track: ED  

©️ PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said Zimbabwe is on the right track and is stepping up preparations to fight coronavirus (Covid-19).
Addressing the nation yesterday afternoon, Mnangagwa said they have now put everything in place.
“Government continues to make substantial strides in enhancing national preparedness against the pandemic.
“In our hospitals, isolation centres have been established and additional health facilities identified. Meanwhile, more tests are being conducted. The number of hospital beds devoted to patients continues to increase, in readiness for a possible upsurge.
“I equally applaud researchers, inventors and developers from our universities and technical colleges who continue to work on various materials needed by our hospitals, clinics and the nation at large, in fight against Covid-19,” Mnangagwa said.
This comes as the government has since tested 316 people nationwide for the virus. 307 came out negative while nine tested positive with one fatality being recorded.
Mnangagwa, who last week declared a 21-day lockdown which began on Monday, applauded Zimbabweans for respecting the decree.
“The measures we have taken remain in place and appear to be paying off. However, the approaching winter season brings with it greater vulnerabilities. We cannot afford to be deceived by the small numbers of infections but we must continue to scale our preparations. We are not out of the woods.
“Our surveillance and contact tracking systems against both imported and likely in-country infections are being improved. We are operating in a whole country emergency mode with each and every one of us having a role to play.”
He added that the government will make sure that health workers are fully equipped with protective clothing.
“Elsewhere, the pandemic has shown potential risks to the health services personnel who are on the frontline. They need protective gear. They must feel safe and secure and sure to care for us with confidence. Government will continue to prioritise their health and safety.
“Severe cases of Covid-19 put a strain on the stock of ventilators any country and on existing oxygen supply chains and in this regard, we attending to both and it is pleasing that China has increased the production of ventilators.”


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