Zimbabwe has not met WHO guidelines on Covid-19

May 4, 2020
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Harare-Zimbabwe is yet to meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) conditions for the lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown, information Minster has said.

Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the situation on the ground does not allow for the lifting of the lockdown though certain conditions have been met.

“As the total lockdown, Level 4, came to an end, the obtaining situation on the ground showed that Zimbabwe was yet to meet the conditions for
lifting the lockdown that had been announced by the World Health
Organisation (WHO),”

“Key among these conditions was the need to have in place health systems that are capable to test, isolate, treat and trace every contact.
However, as considerable work had been undertaken, the lockdown was
eased to level 3 where Government allowed the mining sector to resume
or scale up operations,” Mutsvangwa said

The easing of lockdown regulations has seen industry and commerce resume operations however those who will open have to meet certain conditions.

“First and foremost, those who are now allowed to resume operations are businesses in the formal commercial and industrial sector. What is recognized as formal are businesses that Hold a shop license or other license from a local authority and operate the business in question from a specified premise.” She added

Zimbabwe is currently under lockdown owing to the deadly pandemic Covid-19.