Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Covid Locks Down Therapy Support For Trafficking Survivors

IPS BEFORE Zimbabwe imposed lockdown measures last March as part of global efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Grace Mashingaidze* would attend workshops in Harare arranged by a nongovernmental organisation assisting trafficked women who had safely made it back home. A survivor of trafficking, the 27-year-old Mashingaidze told IPS she joined a group of other

Bulawayo Records Increase In Active Covid-19 Cases

By Bulawayo Correspondent BULAWAYO has recorded a sharp increase in Covid-19 active cases since the relaxation of lockdown restrictions by government in March this year. Speaking at the Bulawayo Metropolitan inter-ministerial Covid-19 taskforce meeting Tuesday, Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Development Coordinator Paul Nyoni said the province currently has 133 active Covid-19 cases. “The number of current

Bulawayo Town Clerk Christopher Dube

Covid-19 Stalls Bulawayo’s US$150 Million Solid Waste Project

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE Covid-19 pandemic has stalled work on Bulawayo’s US$150 million solid waste -to-energy project which is being developed by United Kingdom based Pragma Leaf Consulting Zimbabwe. The government has already granted the project national status. The project, which will, among other things, convert council waste to biodiesel, electricity and biogas, is expected

Minister Cain Mathema

Mathema Threatens Sanctions Against Schools Violating Covid-19 Protocols

By Robert Tapfumaneyi EDUCATION Minister Cain Mathema has warned drastic measures will be taken against Zimbabwean school authorities who fail to disclose possible risks or do not comply with government directives aimed at managing Covid-19 situations at any local school. This comes after several local schools have been recording numerous cases of Covid-19 among students.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zim Intensifies Covid-19 Fight: Mnangagwa

Staff Reporter PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says the country has made strides in it fight against Covid-19 as he thanked China, Russia and India for rendering support in the exercise. Just like every world country, Zimbabwe battles the pandemic that has claimed over a thousand citizens from a cumulative near 40 000 confirmed cases. The pandemic

Production Of Water Tight Vaccination Cards Underway

By Paidashe Mandivengerei  GOVERNMENT Tuesday announced that production of new Covid-19 vaccination cards with improved security features was on course. This follows the emergence of counterfeit Covid-19 cards nationwide amid claims corrupt healthcare workers were issuing them out to the public for amounts ranging from US$25 to US$50. The issued for free in government health

Solwayo Ngwenya

Health Expert Warns Of Looming ‘Massive, Catastrophic’ Third Wave

By Robert Tapfumaneyi HEALTH expert Solwayo Ngwenya cautions that schools, which opened some two months ago for 2021, are now super spreaders for new Covid-19 infections warning a “massive and catastrophic” third wave was looming. He predicted the situation might be further worsened by the emergence of highly infectious variants which are spreading rapidly causing

Zim Cricketers Receive Covid-19 Vaccines

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) has taken another step to ensure that the domestic game returns to normalcy after making arrangements for its staff and players to be vaccinated for Covid-19. Cricket is one of the disciplines which given the green light by the government, through the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) to resume

LATEST: 55 Sacred Heart Girls High Students Test Covid-19 Positive

By Bulawayo Correspondent MATABELELAND South based school, Sacred Heart Girls High has been hit by Covid-19 after 55 students at the Roman Catholic run institution tested positive. The students are part of the 68 new local Covid-19 cases reported on Thursday, bringing the country’s cumulative total of confirmed cases to 37 052. On April 7,

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa

Govt Tightens Security Of Covid-19 Vaccination Cards

Xinhua THE Zimbabwean government announced Wednesday that it had come up with a new Covid-19 vaccination card with improved security features following the emergence of counterfeits. Addressing a post-cabinet media briefing, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa warned that the government would descend heavily on culprits tampering with the cards. This follows reports that some members of

‘Dispel Covid-19 Vaccination Myths’ – Doctors Urge Govt

By Alois Vinga THE ZIMBABWE Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has called on the government to scale up public campaigns which demystify the current myths associated with the Covid-19 vaccine uptake. In a statement to mark the World Health Day, the doctors group noted the low uptake of the vaccine as a matter

Harare Decentralises Vaccine Rollout To Speed Up Process

Staff Reporter GOVERNMENT has moved to decentralise the Covid-19 vaccination process through opening up of more immunization centres in Harare. The move is an attempt by authorities to ramp up vaccination against the pandemic. In a statement, the Harare City Council said some 24 vaccination centres have since been established. The centres are housed in

GMAZ national chair, Tafadzwa Musarara

Millers Seek Priority Status For Covid-19 Vaccines

By Staff Reporter THE Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has written to government requesting authorities to draft the cereal producers and their workers among priority national personnel designated to access the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the rest. In a correspondence to the health ministry permanent secretary, GMAZ national chairman Tafadzwa Musarara said the sector

COVID-19 Vaccines Face Political Haggling In Zimbabwe

By Jeffrey Moyo, Anadolu News Kadoma – A staunch supporter of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance in Zimbabwe, 29-year-old Mateline Chiwandamira is waiting for a signal from the party president, Nelson Chamisa, whether or not to take the COVID-19 vaccine. As politicking around vaccines heats up in the country, many party workers, like

Covid Fears: Govt Bans Easter Break By Boarding School Learners

By Robert Tapfumaneyi GOVERNMENT has banned the taking of any Easter break by boarding school students in a bid to contain the potential spread of Covid-19. This was announced at a Tuesday post-cabinet media briefing in Harare by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa. “Cabinet further agreed that boarding school students should not travel to their homes

Chinese Vaccines Rollout Gains Steam

Staff Reporter A MONTH after the first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine was administered in Zimbabwe, the country’s inoculation drive is gaining momentum each passing day, with more than 65,000 people already received their first jabs of either Sinopharm or Sinovac doses from China, while more than 7,900 people received their second doses as of

Elderly Happy With Chinese Covid-19 Vaccines As They Take First Jabs

Xinhua ZIMBABWE’S elderly people have taken heed of the government’s call for them to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and are among those trooping to the Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital in Harare to get their shots. According to the government-controlled Herald newspaper, there has been a significant response to the national vaccination program by the elderly

 7 Prince Edward Boarding Students Test Covid-19 Positive

By Staff Reporter SEVEN Prince Edward High School pupils have tested positive to Covid-19 after the boarding learners took polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at Parirenyatwa Hospital. In a memo sent to parents Wednesday, Prince Edward school head Agrippa Sora said the school was waiting for more results for the remaining 265 boarding students. All

Govt To Strengthen Measures To Curb Covid-19 Infections During Easter

Xinhua THE Zimbabwean government said Tuesday it will strengthen surveillance and other control measures to curb a possible spike in Covid-19 transmissions during the Easter holidays. Addressing a post-cabinet media briefing, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said there is a likelihood of increased domestic and cross-border movement of people, which may provide fertile ground for increased