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Govt extends Kwekwe lockdown

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  • Announcing the extension of the Kwekwe lockdown after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe was not yet out of the woods.

GOVERNMENT has extended by two weeks the city of Kwekwe’s intensified localised lockdown, which came into full swing on May 24. This follows a surge in active Covid-19 cases in the city and its surroundings, with the Indian variant B.1.617 being detected in some instances.

Under the intensified lockdown, Kwekwe has recorded 74 cases in total with 70 cases still active and only three recoveries although there has been just a single death.

The district under localised lockdown comprises Kwekwe, Redcliff and surrounding areas, with a 7pm to 6am curfew being enforced.

Social and religious gatherings are banned.

The extension of the higher level lockdown comes as a total of 27 people, including children and members of staff at Mary Ward Children’s Home in the town have tested positive for Covid-19.

Mary Ward, Ruvimbo and Chiedza primary schools have recorded positive cases among pupils.

Announcing the extension of the Kwekwe lockdown after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe was not yet out of the woods.

“As of June 7, a total of 688 696 people had received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccines and 385 275 their second dose across the country.

“The public is advised that efforts to ensure the availability of doses continue as a matter of priority,” she said.

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care is redistributing existing stocks to ensure availability of the second dose. A batch of 500 000 doses of vaccine is expected in the country by June 15.” ■

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