By Staff Reporter
Cabinet has announced stricter lockdown measures which include the reintroduction of exemption measures which includes the use of exemption letters by citizens going into town with immediate effect.
Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa addressing the post cabinet media briefing said Cabinet had resorted to revert to the stiffer penalties because of the continued surge in Covid 19 new infections and deaths .
” Cabinet has directed that Treasury urgently releases the first tranche of ZW$368.2 million it had committed towards funding the enforcement of Level 4 lockdown measures. This will reinforce the current efforts of containing the spread of COVID-19. The nation is advised that the exemption mechanism which were used during the first lockdown in 2020 will be reactivated with immediate effect. Stiffer penalties will be imposed for violations of COVID-19 restrictions, including the withdrawal of business operating licences ” , said Minister Mutsvangwa .
Meanwhile the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is also working on modalities to ensure the safe opening of schools.
” With regard to primary and secondary education, the nation is advised that in preparation for the opening of schools for the Second Term, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, has instituted the following contingency measures :
- Inspection visits being carried out to assess the state of preparedness at all boarding schools, high enrolment day schools and schools with very limited infrastructure;
- Ensuring adequate WASH provisions at every school;
- Completion of COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control training workshops for teaching and non-teaching staff;
- Confirmation of COVID-19 essential supplies in all districts.
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is working on modalities to enable a blend of face-to-face classroom learning, remote learning at home and in communities, as well as alternative learning platforms, such as e-learning, radio and television ” , said the minister.
The country has recorded a 107 % increase in new Covid 19 infections with a total of 8 042 cases recorded during the week ending 4 July , compared to 3 882 reported the previous week.