Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Zanu PF Gatherings Are Covid Super Spreaders: Think Tank

By Leopold Munhende THE Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI) says Zanu PF poses the greatest danger of spreading Covid 19 because of its mass gatherings at which regulations are totally disregarded. The think tank urged the party and government to stick to laid down Covid-19 regulations by halting the gatherings. In its November report on Access

ECA boss Vera Songwe

Expand Tax Base To Fund Covid-19 Fight, African Govts Urged

By Staff Reporter GOVERNMENTS across Africa have been urged to devise innovative financing models to harness finances to fund healthcare and social interventions to ameliorate the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. This came out during the ongoing session of the 2021 African Economic Conference (AEC) underway in Cabo Verde. Participants were unanimous governments across

Chiwenga (middle) picking litter in Masvingo Friday

157 Omicron Cases Detected At Masvingo Teachers College: Chiwenga 

By Clayton Shereni, Masvingo Correspondent THE deadly Omicron Covid-19 variant has been detected in Masvingo where Covid-19 has hit Masvingo Teachers College with 157 cases recorded at the learning institution. This was confirmed by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who is also the Health Minister. The VP was speaking during a national clean-up campaign at Old

Midlands University Suspends Lectures Amid Omicron Fears

By Thandiwe Garusa THE MIDLANDS State University (MSU) has postponed indefinitely face-to-face lectures which were scheduled resume next Monday. This follows the announcement Thursday by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who also doubles and the Health Minister, that new Omicron variant of Covid-19 had been recorded in the country. In a notice to students Friday, the MSU

Josephat Chiripanyanga

Zimbabwe Medical Awards Trust To Honour Covid Heroes

By Thandiwe Garusa THE ZIMBABWE Medical Awards Trust will this weekend host an inaugural ceremony to honour medical professionals who have dedicated themselves to offer help to the nation especially during the Covid-19 pandemic period. The awards will honour practitioners who passed away during the pandemic and pioneers in the medical field. Zimbabwe Medical Awards chairperson Josephat

Zimbabwe Records First Omicron Case

Bloomberg ZIMBABWE has identified its first case of the omicron variant of Covid-19, a day after announcing a 10-day mandatory quarantine of all travellers entering the country. “We are doing the genomic sequencing,” Vice-president Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Southern African nation’s health minister, told a meeting of farmers on Thursday in the capital,

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Over 6 000 High School Pupils Vaccinated Against Covid

By Mbekezeli Ncube AT LEAST 6 329 pupils in high schools across Bulawayo have received their first Covid-19 jabs since the start of the exercise on November 26. The government through the Health Minister approved the move to vaccinate teenagers earlier in November. In an interview with, the Bulawayo provincial dedical director, Maphios Siamuchembe the

Covid-19: Govt Closely Monitoring Colleges

By Clayton Shereni, Masvingo Correspondent HIGHER Education Ministry says it is closely monitoring developments at tertiary institutions particularly the Masvingo Teachers College which has become an epicenter of Covid-19. This comes at a time when over 150 students tested positive at the teachers college with experts warning that more cases can be recorded at various

Covid Hits Masvingo Teachers’ College

By Clayton Shereni THE Masvingo provincial Covid-19 taskforce has, together with ministry of Health and Child Care, launched investigations to establish a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases at Masvingo Teachers College. By Saturday last week a total of 81 students had tested positive to the novel virus at the institution bringing fears that it could

We Are Ready For New Covid Variant – Chiwenga

By Staff Reporter VICE-PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga says Zimbabwe is ready to deal with the deadly new Covid-19 variant which originated in neighbouring South Africa. The variant, B.1.1.529, was also detected Botswana and has multiple mutations. Addressing a Health Professions Authority congress in Harare, Chiwenga, who doubles up as Health minister said there was no need

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USAID, CARE Zimbabwe Launch US$1,5m Programme To 47 000 Covid Vulnerable Urban Dwellers

By Staff Reporter THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided approximately US$1,5 million to CARE International in Zimbabwe to support early recovery for 47 000 people suffering from the effects of COVID-19 in urban areas of Masvingo and Manicaland provinces. This financial assistance from USAID allows CARE Zimbabwe to support health care, water,

Covid Crisis Boosts Thriving Trade In Illicit Brews

D+C AS BEER HALLS, bars and liquor stores closed due to Coronavirus restrictions, individual entrepreneurs with illegal backyard distilleries filled Zimbabwe’s demand for drink. This illicit industry existed before the Covid-19 crisis of course, and it is still going on now that bars have reopened. Their home-made moonshine, produced in makeshift stills, is poured into

76 Returnees Evade Covid Quarantine In Beitbridge

By Clayton Shereni AT LEAST 76 Zimbabweans, returning to the country from neighbouring South Africa Sunday, reportedly fled from mandatory Covid-19 quarantine in Beitbridge, risking the spread of the novel virus to unsuspecting members of the public. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Tuesday confirmed over 70 inmates had escaped from a Beitbridge quarantine centre in

Bulawayo Starts Vaccination Of Schoolkids

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE Bulawayo city council has started administering Covid-19 vaccines to school children above the ages of 16. About two weeks ago, the government announced that it has started vaccinating teenagers over the age of 16 against Covid-19 which has claimed nearly 5, 000 lives and infected 13,000 people in the country. Addressing

Anesu Mironga (left) has her temperature checked by Chenai Rushwaya, while Cathrine Muchenje records the names of congregants before entering Chisipiti United Methodist Church in Harare.

Churches Reopen To Vaccinated, Unvaccinated

UM News IN ZIMBABWE, mixed feelings greeted a recent government announcement that both vaccinated and unvaccinated congregants could worship together in person. The decision followed a series of meetings after the government announced in August that only fully vaccinated congregants could participate during in-person services. Following the Aug. 12 decision, representatives of the Zimbabwe Council

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‘We Are Protected By Prayers’: Sects Hampering Vaccine Roll Out

The Guardian HYMNAL melodies reverberate around the hillside in Kuwadzana, a Harare suburb. On a blisteringly hot Saturday, members of the Apostolic church, dressed in white, hum and sing together. Songs, long prayers and a little Bible reading punctuate the outdoor service. It’s a spectacle for passersby. Since the Zimbabwean government partly reopened church gatherings

UK Develops Anti-Covid Pill

By Staff Reporter THE UK has approved anti-viral pill that can treat asymptomatic Covid-19 patients, becoming the first country in the world to do so. Molnupiravir, developed by Ridgeback Biotherapeutics and Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), it is designed to interfere with the virus and avoid its replication within the body. In a statement, the

Deputy minister of Health and Child Care John Mangwiro

Covid-19 Virus Spawns Infertility, Libido Loss: Minister

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West THE coronavirus has potential to cause infertility and loss of sex drive among both men and women, contrary to unfounded claims that life-saving vaccines were causing these side-effects. Addressing journalists attending a two-day HIV/Aids workshop in Chinhoyi Wednesday, Health and Child Care deputy minister, John Mangwiro said “prophets of doom”