CABS shuts down Bulawayo, Karoi branches as staffers test COVID-19+

CABS has temporarily closed its Jason Moyo Branch in Bulawayo and another in Karoi after its staffers tested positive for Covid-19.

The closure of the two branches paves way for the bank to disinfect the premises.

This comes as the country continues to record an increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases with 416 recorded yesterday to bring the total number of cases to 42 195.

The number of deaths has also increased to 1685 with 13 of those recorded in the last 24 hours.

In a statement, CABS managing director Mehluli Mpofu said the Jason Moyo branch will reopen on Monday.

“We regret to advise that two of our staff tested positive for Covid-19 following PCR tests that were done after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The affected branches are Jason Moyo in Bulawayo and Karoi. Both branches are closed to allow for disinfection of the branches, PCR testing and self-isolation of our staff,” said Mpofu.

“The Jason Moyo branch (Bulawayo) will open for service on 28 June 2021 and Karoi branch will open on 2 July 2021.”

He said clients in Bulawayo should visit the Fife Street Branch while those in Karoi should visit some of its agents.

Mpofu urged clients to adhere to Covid-19 prevention measures.

“The health and safety of our customers and staff is important to us, therefore we urge you to make use of digital channels; internet and mobile banking platforms (*227#/mobile app). We would like to remind you to observe social distancing each time you visit the branch and to adhere to the precautionary measures that have been put in place for your safety,” said Mpofu.

The country has recorded a spike in Covid-19 cases and members of the public have been urged to observe prevention measures including social distancing, washing of hands and proper wearing of masks.

“As of 20 June 2021, at 1500hrs, there were 174 hospitalised cases: Asymptomatic 47, mild to moderate 86, severe 36 and 5 in Intensive Care Units,” said the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

The number of active cases went up by more than 100 percent to 3310 from 1599 on June 1. The positivity rate also went up to 13,3 percent with the national recovery rate going down to 88 percent.

More than half of the cases recorded yesterday were detected in areas that have been classified as hotspots. Kariba, Karoi, Chinhoyi and Kwekwe districts have been placed under localised lockdowns following a spike in cases. Government has also declared Mhondoro, Masvingo district, Chiredzi, Nkulumane, Emakhandeni, Northern Suburbs in Bulawayo and Bindura as hotspot areas.

Government is currently pushing the national vaccination programme targeting 10 million people to achieve herd immunity and protect citizens against the pandemic.

So far, 704 001 people have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while 436 851 have been fully vaccinated. ■

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