Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Zimbabwe to ramp up vaccination amid slight increase in COVID-19 cases – Minister

By Xinhua HARARE: Zimbabwe will include the COVID-19 vaccination in the second round of its polio vaccination campaign set for early next month, a cabinet minister said Tuesday. Addressing a post-cabinet media briefing, Sekai Nzenza, acting minister of information, publicity and broadcasting services, said the COVID-19 vaccination would tackle the recent increase in new cases

Authorities lift COVID-19-related curfew and relax domestic restrictions; entry restrictions remain in place

By Agencies HARARE: Authorities lifted the COVID-19-related curfew and expanded the hours during which restaurants and bars may operate as of June 22. Several other domestic measures remain in place. International entry restrictions remain unchanged. Domestic Measures Businesses may operate from 07:00-19:00 daily. Access to nightclubs, restaurants, and bars is limited to vaccinated people. Bars

COVID: Zim Tourism Sector Suffers US$690 Million Loss

By Alois Vinga ZIMBABWE’s tourism sector has suffered a total loss of US$690 million due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s first National Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) launched Thursday has said. The account was developed in partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organisations (UNWTO) and the Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality

Government Scraps Covid-19 Test Requirement For Fully Vaccinated Travellers

By Thandiwe Garusa FULLY vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to produce ‘valid’ negative Covid-19 test results at any border post when entering Zimbabwe, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa has said. Those who are yet to be vaccinated or those not yet fully vaccinated will however need proof of a negative test result. Addressing journalists at Tuesday’s post cabinet

53 Returnees Skip Covid-19 Quarantine Centre

By James Muonwa AT least 53 returnees from South Africa have escaped from mandatory quarantine at the Beitbridge Border Covid-19 Centre. Fears of a resurgence of the Covid-19 Omicron variant code-named ‘Stealth’ has prompted heightened surveillance at the country’s ports of entry. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Monday alerted the public to the escape

Headache Over Spiking Covid Hospital Admission

By Staff Reporter GOVERNMENT is sweating over escalating Covid-19 hospital admissions. This was revealed at a post-Cabinet media briefing by Information and Publicity minister Monica Mutsvangwa, who stated that although there were reported Covid-19 cases in schools, they were not severe. “During the week under review, the number of people in need of hospitalisation for Covid-19

Healthcare Workers Suffered Silently During Covid Infancy: Doctors

By Newsday HEALTHCARE workers (HCWs) reportedly suffered silently from mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. This came out in a recent report by the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR), which exposed that HCWs were facing various hindrances in accessing mental health services. ZADHR secretary Norman Matara said the effects were seen

FEATURE: Covid Fatigue To Herald Tailspin Of Infections

By Newsday “COVID-19 is not going away. It is going to be with us for many years, perhaps forever and we have to learn to live with it,” aptly said by Sajid Javid, the United Kingdom Health minister. Javid’s statement sums up the raging debate on whether the world should start treating COVID-19 as an

Zimbabwe vaccinates 40 pct of eligible population

By Xinhua HARARE: Zimbabwe has vaccinated over 40 percent of its eligible population against COVID-19, achieving herd immunity in some of its towns and cities, with vaccines mainly from China. This is Zimbabwe’s milestone in the fight against the pandemic, said President Emmerson Mnangagwa when opening the 3rd Session of the Zimbabwe-Botswana Bi-National Commission in

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Experts Warn Of Deadly Fifth Covid Wave

By Newsday LOCAL health experts have warned of a brewing fifth wave of COVID-19 following a spike in new cases in schools since the beginning of the first term nearly two weeks ago. According to latest statistics from the Health and Child Care ministry, schools in Matabeleland North and Masvingo provinces contributed 131 of the

Covid: Botswana Bars Immigrants Without Booster Shot

By Staff Reporter BOTSWANA has introduced new Covid-19 guidelines barring entry to visitors that have not taken booster shots. The new measures take effect from today. The move is likely to affect thousands of cross Zimbabwean cross border traders who flock in and out of the neighbouring country on a daily basis. “Being fully vaccinated

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US Noncommittal on Vaccine Patents Waiver

VOA AMID a surge of Covid-19 cases in India and other parts of the world, the United States remains noncommittal on an October 2020 proposal by India and South Africa to waive certain provisions of the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The proposal would loosen patent restrictions so

Lockdowns Only Reduced Covid-19 Death Rate By 0.2%, Study Finds

Wires LOCKDOWNS during the first Covid-19 wave in the spring of 2020 only reduced mortality by 0,2% in the U.S. and Europe, according to a Johns Hopkins University meta-analysis of several studies. “While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social costs where

World Failing To Deal With Covid-19 Waste: WHO

By Mandipa Masenyama THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised concern over the improper disposal of waste related to Covid-19 responses which is now posing great threats to human and environmental health. In a statement Tuesday, WHO said there is urgent need for Covid-19 response waste management to improve as it is now posing a

BCC Embarks On Door-To-Door Covid Vaccination

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE BULAWAYO city council in conjunction with the ministry of Health and Child Care, has embarked on an accelerated door to door Covid-19 vaccination programme. According to the vaccination itinerary released by the local authority, the programme kick started in Luveve last week followed by New Luveve and Old Luveve. Doses one,

Zimbabwe Records Sharp Decrease In Covid Cases

Xinhua ZIMBABWE has seen a sharp decline in Covid-19 cases over the past week, with daily cases dropping from 709 on January 10 to 144 Sunday, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health and Child Care Monday. Deaths have also consistently declined over the period from 20 per day to four deaths Sunday. The

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Chevrons Coach Rajput Tests Covid Positive Ahead Of Sri Lanka Tour

By Sports Reporter THE Chevrons’ preparations for their tour of Sri Lanka have been dealt a huge blow after the cricket head coach Lalchand Rajput tested positive for Covid-19 soon after the team’s arrival in the South Asian nation. Rajput’s positive test means he will miss the first two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) of the three-match