The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro said that Zimbabwe needs to strengthen and refocus on measures it adopted at the beginning of the lockdown in March to reduce local transmission of the coronavirus.
This follows an upsurge in coronavirus cases in recent days, with 73 new cases recorded on Saturday, the highest figure in a single day since the first case was detected in March.
Eight deaths from the disease have so far been recorded with the latest being of a 21-year-old female with no history of travel and had co-morbidities. Said Mangwiro:
The upsurge is a sign that people are mixing up so we are saying let us stay at home where necessary and continue practising hygiene, social distancing and correctly wearing face masks.
For those that are coming from outside, they should adhere to quarantine measures and not mix with others before they are tested.
This is a sign that we need to restrengthen and refocus on the measures that we had in the beginning.
Mangwiro, however, said that presently there were no discussions of reverting back to strict lockdown measures as there is a need to balance in protecting lives and livelihoods.
Zimbabwe has recorded 31 cases of local transmissions between June 18-19. The total number of local transmissions is now 107.