Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Masvingo Runs Out Of Covid Jabs As City Records Overwhelming Response

By Tonderai Saharo THE overwhelming response for inoculation against Covid-19 has resulted in the vaccine occasionally running out at health centres around Masvingo Town. Long queues are being witnessed at the vaccination centres in the Ancient City including the Masvingo General Hospital and local council clinics in Rujeko, Mucheke and Runyararo West. This has resulted

Mat North On High Alert As Learners, Teachers Test Covid Positive

By Matabeleland North Correspondent LUPANE: Health officials in Matabeleland North have intensified surveillance after students and teachers at two Lupane schools tested positive to Covid-19. In an update report, the Education Ministry said the headmaster of Fatima High in Lupane’s Gwayi area and a teacher at Mabhikwa secondary in the same district had tested positive. This had

Covid Implosion In Schools

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has claimed that Covid-19 cases are on the increase in schools, warning that very soon learning centres will be turned into isolation centres. Schools reopened for all classes two weeks after they were closed on June 4. Despite schools reopening, teachers’ unions have warned the

Health Workers Suffering Mental Health Problems Due To Covid

By James Muonwa SCORES of health care workers, including doctors and nurses, are breaking down under the weight of stressful working conditions that potentially lead to long-term anxiety-related disorders. These could also result in individuals suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), while others might commit suicide. Mashonaland West provincial mental health officer, Tichaona

Covid-Hit Zim Tourism Requires Vigorous Marketing

By Matabeleland North Correspondent ENVIRONMENT, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu says Zimbabwe has not been thorough in its marketing drive to attract tourists into the country. The prevailing Covid-19 pandemic literally decimated the tourism industry with the restrictions on international travel. Most countries, Zimbabwe included were left with the option of domestic

Unvaccinated Church Goers Free To Attend Service: High Court

By Thandiwe Garusa THE High Court has ordered congregants who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 can now attend church services with the police barred from arresting them. Last month, the Cabinet announced churches must open only to vaccinated congregants with not more than 100 congregants attending. However, an interim order passed by the High Court sets

UNICEF Applauds Schools For Complying With Covid Regulations 

By Mandipa Masenyama UNICEF has applauded primary schools for being compliant with Covid-19 regulations after reopening of learning institutions last week. This comes after  UNICEF officials and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Tuesday visited Westlea Council Primary School  to assess how the school has been copying, after few days of reopening. The country’s

Journalist Arrested For Breaching Covid-19 Curfew

By James Muonwa CHITUNGWIZA-based community newspaper editor, Gilbert Munetsi has been arrested for allegedly breaking the Covid-19 lockdown curfew. The Courier newspaper editor is currently detained at St Mary’s Police Station, where he spent the night in holding cells. Speaking to NewsAnchor, Munetsi said he was coming from work when police details stopped and interrogated

Nine Kriste Mambo High School Pupils Test Positive To Covid

By Anna Chibamu NINE pupils at Kriste Mambo High School have tested positive to Covid-19, prompting the Health ministry to order non-examination classes students at the school to get tested on admission Sunday. In a letter addressed to parents and guardians by the school head Monica Maparura, all those coming to the school on Sunday

Foreign Minister Fredrick Shava

China Not To Blame For Covid Outbreak: Minister Shava

By Stephen Tsamba FOREIGN Minister Fredrick Shava says Zimbabwe urges people to be guided by science and trust findings from a team of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) absolving China from the outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. He said this while briefing foreign diplomats on Covid-19 in Harare this week. Shava said

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi

Botswana Assures Illegal Zimbabwe Immigrants On Covid Vaccinations

VOA THE Botswana government has sought to assure thousands of undocumented immigrants they will not be left out of the country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. Thousands of immigrants are crossing into Botswana, the majority fleeing economic hardships in neighboring Zimbabwe. Some undocumented migrants say they are being turned away from vaccination centers. But Botswana’s assistant minister of

Bulawayo Bars Ban Unvaccinated Patrons

By Bulawayo Correspondent SOME beer drinking outlets in Bulawayo have started barring patrons not vaccinated against Covid-19 from entering their premises. Imbibers who spoke to said they have been denied entry at some bars in the city because they are not vaccinated. One of the places where un-vaccinated patrons are no longer allowed in

C.1.2 Variant Now In Zim: Expert

By Leopold Munhende THE new Covid-19 variant C.1.2, first discovered in South Africa is now in Zimbabwe. According to Penelope Moore of South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases, the variant, the most mutated, has been detected in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, and the United Kingdom (UK). Moore was speaking on South African broadcaster eNCA Tuesday

Monica Mutsvangwa

Sports Cinemas, Gyms, Reopen

By Thandiwe  Garusa GOVERNMENT  Tuesday approved the reopening of gyms and resumption of sporting activities to vaccinated clients. Addressing journalists Tuesday, Information  Minister  Monica Mutsvangwa said all clients and staff members must be vaccinated against Covid-19. “Cinemas and theatres can now allow 50% sitting capacity of vaccinated clients and that all workers who work there

SDA Urges Members To Get Covid Vaccine

By Kenneth Matimaire THE Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church has become one of the leading religious groups to openly encourage its members to embrace the Covid-19 vaccination exercise. The development comes at a time government eased lockdown, Level 4 to allow vaccinated members only to attend sit-in church services. This was expected to trigger a spike

Miners Call For Mobile Vaccinations At Mining Sites

By Staff Reporter THE Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Minerals Workers Union (ZDAMWU) has called on government to establish mobile vaccination sites at mines so that workers will not lose productive time in vaccination queues. In an interview with Sunday, Zdamwu General Secretary Justice Chinhema said workers are losing productive time in queues waiting to

Covid Jab: The Church Comes To The Party

By Anna Chibamu THE Zimbabwe Indigenous  lnter-denominational Council of Churches (ZIICC) has partnered government to speed up the vaccination of its members against Covid-19. In a statement Sunday, ZIICC Patron Nehemiah Mutendi’s said the initiative dubbed “Operation Mara” would help government in achieving its intended herd immunity of 60% or two thirds of the country’s

Popular Academic Gilbert Mabasa Succumbs To Covid

By Bulawayo Correspondent BULAWAYO Polytechnic principal, Gilbert Mzenzi Mabasa, has died. He succumbed to Cocid-19 complications Friday night. Mabasa who was popularly known as “The Teacher” died at Ekusileni Hospital after battling with the virus since August 6. Before his death, Mabasa wrote a memorandum to Bulawayo Polytechnic staff and students informing them that he