Lockdown widened to 12 more hotspots

THE Government has placed 12 more Covid-19 hotspot areas across three more provinces, under localised lockdown following a spike in cases over the last two weeks as efforts to procure two million more vaccines to reach the affected areas are underway.


The country recorded a 127 percent increase in Covid-19 cases in the past week alone to 1 239 from 544 during the previous week.


Speaking during the post-Cabinet briefing yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the surge in cases could be attributed to general complacency in adhering to the set Covid-19 preventive and precautionary measures both in the communities and at workplaces.

She said the majority of cases were recorded in Hurungwe (364), Kariba (217), Chiredzi (185) and Makonde (51).


As a result, the minister said Cabinet had approved localised lockdowns in more hotspot areas.


“Cabinet further approved the localised lockdown in the following hotspot areas — in Mashonaland West, Karoi,Makonde, Chinhoyi, Mhangura, Chidamoyo, Magunje, Chirundu; in Bulawayo Nkulumane, Emakhandeni and Northern Surburbs; in Mashonaland Central Mount Darwin and in Masvingo, Chiredzi.


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