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Vice President Chiwenga confirms Kwekwe lockdown

Government has with immediate effect put Kwekwe on a localized two-week lockdown to avert the spread of the deadly Indian Covid-19 variant which was recently detected in the town.

The lockdown effective today, May 21, comes with a curfew for all Kwekwe residents which will start at 7 PM and end at 6 AM.

Part of the lockdown recommendation includes the immediate ban of weddings, church services and other public and private groupings.

All funerals in Kwekwe, under the strict lockdown once approved will be supervised by health workers and should not gather more than 30 people.

In a statement, the Vice President who is also the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Constantino Chiwenga said the localised lockdown was part of measures by the Government to contain the spread of Covid-19.

He said:

– lockdown for two weeks effective May 21

-Curfew from 7 PM to 6 AM

– all public gatherings including church, weddings, public and private gatherings banned

-business hours to run from 8 AM to 5 PM

– no visitors to all boarding schools and all day schools to observe strict Covid-19 protocols

-funerals will be supervised by health personnel and should not gather more than 30 people

– travellers through Kwekwe advised to spend all little time as possible in Kwekwe during the Plockdown period

– all beer gardens, bottle stores, bars to be closed

Since the onset of the Indian variant, the Ministry tightened case investigations and contact tracing in Kwekwe to stop the spread of the variant.

“We quarantined positive cases and close contacts of those who had tested positive. There was also disinfection of supermarkets, Amaveni dumpsite, National test seed pavements and old Gokwe Road,” said VP Chiwenga.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it is reclassifying the highly contagious triple-mutant Covid variant spreading in India as a variant of concern, indicating that it’s become a global health threat.

According to WHO, a variant can be labelled as of concern if it has been shown to be more contagious and more deadly. – chronicle

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