Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who doubles as the Minister of Health and Child Care has announced a localised lockdown for Kwekwe and a longer curfew for the next two weeks following the emergence of the deadly Indian coronavirus called B.1.617.2 in the city.
The lockdown commences today, 21 May 2021 and entails shorter business operating hours and the banning of all gatherings including weddings, church services and all other public and private groupings.
iAfrica24 is publishing Vice President Chiwenga’s statement in its entirety below:
Following localised cases of COVID-19 that occurred in Kwekwe during the period 09/05/2021 to 21/05/2021, the Ministry of Health and Child Care would like to advise the nation that;
1. The Genomic sequencing done on the viral strain in Kwekwe, detected the presence of B.1.617.2 strain. This is a sub-species of the strain that was first identified in India.
2. The last case was on 14 May 2021.
3. The Ministry immediately put up measures to control the spread of the disease in Kwekwe. These included:-
a) Case investigation and contact tracing
b) Health education
c) Disinfection of supermarkets, OK Mart, Amaveni Dumpsite, Pump Station, Kadenhe Home, Old Gokwe Road, Amaveni, Junk Yard pavement, National Test Seed pavements
d) Quarantine of positive cases and close contacts
e) Risk communication and community engagement
f) Community awareness and campaigns were intensified
g) Screening of school children that were contacts
Further measures being taken are:
i) Health Education continued.
ii) LOCAL LOCKDOWN OF KWEKWE DISTRICT FOR 2 WEEKS EFFECTIVE 21 MAY 2021. This entails
– Curfew running from 7 pm to 6 am.
– No visitors to all boarding schools and all day schools to observe strict Covid 19 school protocols.
– Opening of business hours run from 8 am to 5 pm.
– All bars, drinking places – beer halls and bottle stores to be closed.
– All gatherings (weddings, church services and all other public and private groupings) are banned.
– All FUNERALS must be supervised by health personnel and should not gather more than 30 people.
– Travellers through Kwekwe are strongly being advised to spend as little time as possible in Kwekwe during the next two weeks.
Hon. Gen. (Retd) Dr. C. G. D. N Chiwenga “GCZM”
Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Minister of Health and Child Care