(Last Updated on January 29, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – Vice President and Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga has announced that Zimbabwe will be extending the level four coronavirus national lockdown by a further two weeks.
The government reintroduced the tighter lockdown beginning of the month following a spike in Covid-19 cases particularly during the festive season and was set to end next week.
The Vice President said while the current lockdown was showing positive signs, there was a need to remain vigilant in the fight against the global pandemic.
“We need to stay the course by upping our vigilance. The war is not yet won. It is in light of this that His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Commander In Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Comrade Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has decided to extend the level four national lockdown by another two weeks to the 15th of February 2021,” said Chiwenga.
Chiwenga said while the President appreciates the challenges that come with this lockdown, it was necessary to save lives.
He beamoned the death of citizens, saying “…
any death is one death too many.”
Chiwenga said the authorities were conducting genomic sequencing to establish if the new strain of the virus was in the country and reiterated that government was soon going to roll out the vaccination plan.