Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Econet Vic Falls Marathon Now Set For December Amid Hopes Of COVID-19 Easing

By Matabeleland North Correspondent THE annual Econet Victoria Falls Marathon will now be held in December but subject to easing of the prevailing health disaster regarding the global COVID-19 outbreak. Organisers of the event which draws participants from across the globe said they had set December 13 as the new date after rescheduling from the

Nick Mangwana

Harare Records First COVID-19 Recovery As Four Patients Test Negative

By Staff Reporter HARARE Thursday recorded its first COVID-19 recovery after four patients on treatment and isolation tested negative of the virus, bringing the national figure of recoveries to nine, the Health Ministry announced Friday morning. Harare has 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases including two deaths and the four new recoveries. The total national confirmed coronavirus

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube

Zimbabwe Gets US$7M COVID-19 Lifeline From the World Bank

Bloomberg Zimbabwe will get $7 million from the World Bank to fight the coronavirus pandemic despite being in arrears with the Washington-based lender. The lender will mobilize $5 million from its Global Financing Facility Trust Fund to support the nation’s health response to the outbreak and redirect about $2 million from its ongoing Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project to support affected communities, a World

Chinese Aid In Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 Fight Raises Suspicion

RFI China is publicly handing out money and equipment to help fight the spread of coronavirus in Zimbabwe. But Beijing’s generosity has made some very wary. Until now most in Zimbabwe have accepted that China’s aid and investment strategy in the country is usually tied to infrastructure development. The partnership announced this week between the China Gezhouba

Njabulilo Musa

WATCH: Emotional Welcome For UK-Based Zimbabwean Man After COVID-19 Recovery THERE was an emotional welcome by loved ones and neighbours as a UK-based Zimbabwean man, Njabulilo Musa returned home after recovering from COVID-19. Musa of Northampton spent three weeks in intensive care on a ventilator. The video shared by Diaspora Insurance has since gone viral on social media platforms. Emotional Welcome Home after recovery

The late Irvin Fantie Moyo

UK based Zimbabwean man dies from coronavirus

By Staff Reporter COVID-19 has claimed yet another Zimbabwean based in the United Kingdom as the human cost of the pandemic within the country’s diaspora community in that country persists. Popular broadcaster Ezra Tshisa Sibanda, who is also based in the UK, announced the death of Irvin Fantie Moyo in Chelmsford through coronavirus. He described

Sleeping on the job...Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima

Over 4 700 poor families in Masvingo exposed as govt sits on Covid-19 relief fund

By Tonderai Saharo Masvingo:  Some 4 791 vulnerable families in the province have failed to access a single cent after being identified as deserving beneficiaries of a government programme meant to cushion the poor against starvation during the national lockdown period against the spread of Covid-19. The families, identified through the department of Social Welfare,

Govt disburses $12 million for Mutare Covid-19 hospital upgrade

By Manicaland Correspondent  GOVERNMENT has disbursed $12 million to the City of Mutare towards the upgrading of Mutare Infectious Diseases Hospital (MIDH) to help the facility meet standards of a Covid-19 isolation centre. Council spokesperson, Spren Mutiwi confirmed the developments, saying the funds will be used to expediate rehabilitation of the health facility to ensure

Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

Zim doctors’ red flag over Covid-19 quarantine period

By Alois Vinga ZIMBABWEAN doctors have warned against government’s controversial slash on the mandatory period within which returning residents could be quarantined for Covid-19 before joining their families. Cash-strapped government recently cut the period from 21 to eight days. However, speaking under their umbrella Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA), the country’s medical staff warned the

Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 cases jump to 40

By Costa Nkomo ZIMBABWE’S Covid19 cases have increased to 40 with the country recording 8 more cases in a single day, the highest single jump since the outbreak was first confirmed last month. In its daily updates on the Covid-19 situation in the country, the Ministry of Health said of the eight new cases, six

Zimra boss, Faith Mazani

Zimra employee tests positive to Covid-19

By Costa Nkomo ZIMBABWE Revenue Authority (Zimra) Commissioner General Faith Mazani Wednesday announced one of the customs staff officers has tested positive for Covid-19 in Bulawayo. In circular dated 29 April, Mazani said the staff member, now Covid-19 patient, and two others had been under home isolation for a month after they “interacted with an

Blanket Mine donates $16 million towards COVID-19 fight

By Alois Vinga BLANKET Mine has donated $16 million towards the country’s concerted fight against COVID-19 with further pledges to avail more assistance. This was revealed by the firm in a recent press statement. “Blanket Mine has donated $16 million via the Chamber of Mines Zimbabwe to assisting the fight against COVID-19 and has committed

Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

Zim not addressing Covid-19 psychological impact – UN diplomat

By Staff Reporter A United Nations representative to Zimbabwe says countries should escalate their Covid-19 fight beyond physical interventions currently being undertaken but also the psychological impact of the pandemic. UN Women Country Director for Zimbabwe, Delphine Serumaga, in a virtual presentation to social workers on the impact of Covid-19, said more needed to be

COVID-19: First returnees from Mozambique quarantined in Mutare

By Staff Reporter Mutare: Authorities here have taken for quarantine, the first batch of eight Zimbabweans who have just returned from neighbouring Mozambique. All returning citizens into the country are subjected to at least seven days of compulsory quarantine as government battles to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country. According to Manicaland Provincial

Parirenyatwa Hospital admitted malaria patient tests positive for Covid-19

By Anna Chibamu A male patient who was admitted for malaria treatment at Parirenyatwa Hospital has tested positive to Covid-19. This was confirmed Tuesday by the government hospitals. The patient, who is still at the health institution, has been put into isolation in his room with all health workers who had contact with him also

Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Agnes Mahomva

Zim Covid-19 cases rise to 32

By Mary Taruvinga ONE more person tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday bringing the total number of Zimbabwe’s confirmed cases to 32, the Health ministry has said. The tests of the latest case were done in Harare but no further details were given. This comes at a time and entire Chitemere village in Mhondoro went

Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

UN injects US$4 million to prop up Zim fight against Covid-19

By Leopold Munhende THE United Nations (UN) Monday announced plans to disburse US$4.1 million support to help Zimbabwe tackle Covid-19. The funds will be used to procure personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, sanitisers, cleaning materials and gowns for frontline staff in the fight against Covid-19 across the country. “Due to the infectious nature