BREAKING: 76 people test positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) as cases shoot up in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 cases have now spiked to 132. The 76 new cases have been recorded in Beitbridge, Masvingo and Harare.

All new cases except one have been registered among returnees from mainly South Africa and Botswana. Only one case is a local transmission.

However, the Government is tightening security at quarantine centres to ensure that returnees do not escape from Covid-19 isolation centres.

This was announced by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare this Wednesday.

The presentation of the weekly report by the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Inter-Ministerial Taskforce resolved to increase security at all quarantine centres to avoid the returning residents from escaping after the number of positive Covid-19 cases rose to 132.

It was also resolved that as the reopening of schools is now imminent, learning facilities will no longer be used as quarantine facilities.

It was also noted that the Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya presented to cabinet a report on stabilising the economy.

Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Retired Chief Air Marshal Perence Shiri revealed that the 2020 grain mobilisation initiative has started with an incentive for farmers who deliver early.

Cabinet also advised that President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be receiving donations from several companies at 1400hrs this Thursday and will also launch the President Livestock Scheme at Cleveland Range for piggery projects being availed to farmers, colleges, universities and other interested institutions.

— ZBC


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