Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Presidential spokesman George Charamba recently announced both President Mnangagwa and his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga, has take the booster jab

Experts Advocate For Covid Booster Jab

By Staff Reporter MEDICAL experts say there has to be a huge uptake of the Covid-19 booster jab to effectively fend off the variant. This comes at a time when a new IHU variant of the respiratory disease, which has already affected 12 people has been detected in France. The new variant is said to

Grade 7 Exam Markers Clash With ZIMSEC Over Covid Tests

By Bulawayo Correspondent TEACHERS marking 2021 Grade Seven examinations have vowed to resist the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC)’s decision to demand Covid-19 test certificates. ZIMSEC last week wrote a memo advising all examiners to undergo the tests before the marking exercise which started this Monday. The examiners are expected to personally foot the tests

Jordan Zemura

Warriors Star Zemura In Covid Scare Ahead Of AFCON

By Sports Reporter ENGLAND-BASED rising Zimbabwean star Jordan Zemura’s hopes of featuring in his maiden African Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign is in serious doubt following revelations his club, AFC Bournemouth had been hit by the Covid-19 outbreak. The virus outbreak at the championship club comes after the versatile defender was scheduled to join the

Seed banks provide relief for rural farmers during Covid pandemic

Seed Banks Provide Relief For Rural Farmers During Pandemic

  Business Day Nigeria RURAL women have been working on local seed production, multiplication, selection, preservation, saving, selling, and exchange over the years, individually or under Smallholder Farmer Organisations (SFOs). These peasant and indigenous women choose the healthiest, best tasting individual plant seeds, which are gathered and stored in seed banks. These seed banks serve

West Properties Donates US$50K Ivermectin

By Staff Reporter WEST Properties company (WestProp) has come to rescue of the government after it donated Covid-19 drugs, Ivermectim, worth US$50 000. The donation comes at a time Covid-19 infections and deaths are spiking, with the country having recorded 2 107 new cases and 27 deaths on December 29. Zimbabwe is still on a

Omicron: South Africa Lifts Curfews

By Staff Reporter SOUTH Africa has lifted overnight curfew rules, with officials saying the country may have passed the peak of its fourth wave of Covid-19 infections. A government statement said the Omicron variant, while highly transmissible, had seen lower hospitalisation rates than previous waves. There had been a marginal increase in the number of

Police Ban All-Night Church Sermons

By Staff Reporter POLICE have banned churches from holding all-night vigils and crossover services. Some churches have been advertising all-night prayer services to mark the beginning of 2022. However, the police have announced the planned gatherings are illegal and violators will be arrested for violating curfew hours. President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently imposed a curfew, running

Zimbabwe Buoyed By Chinese Jabs

China Daily ZIMBABWE received on Monday an additional batch of 1 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine from Sinovac Biotech, a donation that follows hot on the heels of a pledge by China to give a further 600 million doses of vaccines to Africa. The consignment brings to 2 million the number of vaccine doses

Covid Spike Worsens Africa’s Severe Poverty Woes

AP OUTSIDE a foreign currency exchange in Zimbabwe’s capital, hordes of people desperate for U.S. dollars are pushed up against each other. “That’s it, keep it tight,” some shout, trying to prevent others from jumping the line to buy the money that could get them a discount on goods pegged to a quickly devaluing local

Police Hunt For Covid Quarantine Escapees

By Staff Reporter POLICE are still searching for 12 Covid-19 positive inmates who escaped from a quarantine centre in Beitbridge, Matabeleland South province last Friday. The inmates were put on mandatory quarantine after they tested positive to the novel virus. They had been deported from neighbouring South Africa. Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi told

Omicron Wave Appears Milder, But Concern remains

By BBC The wave of Omicron appears to be milder according to preliminary studies published in the UK and South Africa. Early evidence suggests fewer people are needing hospital treatment than with other variants – with estimates ranging from a 30% to a 70% reduction. But the concern remains that even if Omicron is milder,

Police Search For 12 SA Deportees Who Escaped From Quarantine Centre

Eyewitness News ZIMBABWE police are searching for 12 deportees from South Africa who escaped from a quarantine centre in Beitbridge. The 12 Zimbabweans all tested positive for Covid-19 and are being referred to as super spreader suspects. They were being held at the Beitbridge Border Quarantine Centre, but they got out from the premises on

People went shopping on Saturday before the lockdown was announced

Dutch Go Into Christmas Lockdown Over Omicron Wave

BBC THE Netherlands has begun a strict lockdown over Christmas amid concerns over the Omicron coronavirus variant. Non-essential shops, bars, gyms, hairdressers, and other public venues are closed until at least 14 January. Two guests per household will be allowed – four over the holidays. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the measures were “unavoidable”. Countries

Ratepayers Urged To Go Digital As Covid Infections Spike

By Mbekezeli Ncube DUE to the escalating cases of new Covid-19 infections, the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has urged ratepayers to settle their debts using digital platforms in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly virus. The continued spike of the new Omicron variant has created a serious shortage of staff at the local

LISTEN: Hundreds Of Students Quarantined At Monte Cassino Without Medication

By Mandipa Masenyama ROMAN Catholic-run high school, Monte Cassino in Macheke, has quarantined hundreds of students after the tested Covid-19 positive. However, parents who went to the all-girls boarding schools were shocked last Friday to collect their children for the end-of-the-year holidays were shocked when they were informed they could not travel back with them

The Bluewater Bridge spanning the St. Clair River connects Sarnia Ontario, Canada, to Port Huron Michigan, US.

Omicron: Canada Lifts Flight Ban For Zimbabwe, 9 Other African Countries 

By Staff Reporter THE Canadian government has announced the existing flight ban for foreign nationals coming to Canada from 10 southern African countries will be lifted Saturday. The countries are: Nigeria, Malawi, Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Namibia. “While we recognise that this emergency measure created controversy, we believe it was

Stern Test For Health System As Returnees Dodge Covid Protocols

By Clayton Shereni, Masvingo Correspondent THE Zimbabwe health care system will this festive season as thousands of Zimbabweans living in neigbouring countries flock back home for the long holiday. It is mandatory for travellers visiting Zimbabwe should quarantine for 10 days and also produce a negative Covid-19 certificate. However, at some entry points, these rules and

Suspected New Zimbabwe Covid Variant As Rare Flue Cases Spike: WHO

By Felix Matasva As RARE flue cases increase in the country, a senior local World Health Organisation (WHO) official says there is a possibility of a new peculiar Covid-19 variant circulating in Zimbabwe. This was said by WHO head of country Alex Gasarira during a virtual cross-border media cafe on Covid-19 and HIV new variants.

Zimbabwe Tries To Pull All Stops

Down To Earth ZIMBABWE, amid the spread of detected coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 Omicron, is pulling all stops to deflate a potential fourth wave of the pandemic. Scientists have been racing to know more about the strain that has pushed the world into fresh lockdowns and travel bans. The southern Africa country’s vice-president and health minister, Constantino