Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

Coronavirus Zimbabwe & Diaspora

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

Participants at a recent multi-stakeholder meeting for the mapping of Harare's new economic and financial resilience plan

Harare Embarks On New economic Resilience Plan As Covid Bites

By Staff Reporter HARARE is embarking on a new economic and financial resilience plan to tackle the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and build its resilience against future shocks. The plan was formulated and will be implemented with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). It was introduced at a recent

Over 50 Zanu PF Mash West Members Fall Sick With Suspect Covid

James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent A ZANU PF Mashonaland West provincial coordinating committee (PCC) meeting scheduled for Saturday was postponed indefinitely after over 50 members sent apologies they could not attend after exhibiting flu-like symptoms, which are suspected Covid-19 positive cases. The Zanu PF provincial structure has over 180 members. Although efforts to get a

Bangladesh Reports First Omicron Cases Among Cricketers Who Visited Zimbabwe

Agencies BANGLADESH Saturday confirmed its first cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, found in the samples of two women cricketers who had recently participated in a competition in Zimbabwe. “Today we got confirmation that the two players have contacted Omicron variant of the virus,” Robed Amin, a spokesperson of the Directorate General of Health Services,

Zim Covid-19 Rate Surges By 42%

By Alois Vinga ZIMBABWE’s Covid-19 infections surged by 42% Friday with 6 181 new cases being recorded, the latest update from the Health Ministry has reported. The update reported that all the new cases were local and on a seven-day rolling basis new cases rose to 3 508  from 2 777. “For every 100 people tested,

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Education Ministry Officials Accused Of Forcing Teachers To Invigilate Covid Student

By Clayton Shereni, Masvingo Correspondent OFFICIALS from the Education Ministry are accused of forcing teachers in Masvingo to invigilate Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) examinations without proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) despite the surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. The incident allegedly happened at Mucheke High School, where students are writing their public examinations. In

8 Mutare Court Prosecutors Test Covid Positive

By Felix Matasva MUTARE Magistrates Courts have temporarily been closed for two days to pave way for fumigation and contact tracing after eight prosecutors based there tested Covid-19 positive. Inside sources at the courts told there is a severe shortage of prosecutors due to the outbreak of Covid-19. “We have eight prosecutors who are not

Covid: Gvt Brings Vaccination Sites To Bus Ranks

By James Muonwa IN A bid to curb the effects of an impending fourth wave of new Covid-19 infections following discovery of the Omicron variant, Cabinet has approved the setting up vaccination sites at bus ranks. The move is expected to encourage more people to get jabbed as the service would be brought closer to

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

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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