The government has expressed concern over the flippant disregard of measures to control the spread of coronavirus in public places such as supermarkets, malls and banking halls and especially at fresh vegetable markets in Harare and Bulawayo.
In a media briefing on Monday evening, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said 9 per cent of people tested for coronavirus at Mbare Musika tested positive. She said:
The latest hotspots to be analyzed are the Fresh Vegetable markets in Harare and Bulawayo. It was noted that persons from different environs visit these markets and testing would give an indication of infection rates.
The Harare Rapid Response Teams conducted tests at Mbare Musika yesterday and today and of those tested, 7 (8.75%) were positive.
It was also noted that there are high risks posed by these markets which include: crowding of clients, poor sanitation conditions for vendors and no easy donning of masks by the general public and vendors.
Mutsvangwa added that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has allocated Harare ZWL$10 million, Bulawayo ZWL$6 million and Chitungwiza ZWL$2.5 million for the COVID-19 teams especially for Rapid Response Teams.