The government will soon deploy doctors to join the security services at roadblocks to screen motorists for COVID-19 in a move meant to flatten the curve.
The healthcare workers will also be mandated to advise security personnel to prevent from entering the city centre, those suspected to be infected with the coronavirus.
This was said by the vice-chairman of the Ad-Hoc Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on COVID-19, Amon Murwira, at a media briefing in Harare yesterday. Said Murwira:
We have agreed that law enforcement should be combined with awareness and also screening. There will be some points where we will actually send doctors to screen people in a car to find out if people are clean and clear in terms of the disease, not only papers.
The papers do not tell whether you have COVID-19 or not, so we are increasing and tightening up the functions of our blocks. This is all in the spirit of protecting Zimbabweans.
Meanwhile, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Deputy Minister, Mike Madiro bemoaned the tendency by some motorists to circumvent security checkpoints to access the central business district.
Madiro said the police have taken measures to ensure that the central business district is completely sealed so that those trying to use unorthodox means are taken care of.