Local businesses have been advised to buy rapid tests kits for themselves and arrange with designated testing facilities for their employees to be tested for COVID-19.
Under the national lockdown level 2 which came into effect this Monday, it is mandatory for businesses in the industry and commerce sectors to screen and test their employees before they resume operations.
In a statement, Health and Child Care Ministry Permanent Secretary Dr Agnes Mahomva reiterated that COVID-19 testing for workers is mandatory. She said:
As announced by His Excellency, President Cde E.D Mnangagwa the reopening of the industry and commerce during the lockdown extension effective 4 May 2020, is premised on the mandatory testing of employers and employees.
The Ministry has put in place the following plan to ensure immediate implementation of this policy; Designated public health facilities that conduct routine screening and medical examination for workers will now also conduct Covid-19 rapid testing.
To expedite the testing process, companies are encouraged to procure the rapid tests kits for themselves, guided by the Ministry in terms of test kits specification, employers must arrange with the designated testing facilities (public and private) for their employees to be tested at the agreed time at the facility or at the workplace.
Dr Mahomva also said the country remains with 34 positive Covid-19 cases including five recoveries and four deaths.