Zimbabwe will consider lifting the current coronavirus curfew when the environment is conducive, a government official has said.
The country’s Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who is also the head of the Covid-19 taskforce, on Wednesday told parliamentarians that Zimbabwe has now flattened the COVID-19 curve.
This comes as the country records increasingly fewer infections and more recoveries from the novel coronavirus. Muchinguri-Kashiri said:
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The success story is pointing to the good mechanisms that we have put in place, including the curfew which we introduced after a very scientific review which analysed our capacity and capability.
Decisions that we make are informed, whilst thorough research is done. If and when we are satisfied that the environment is conducive, we will consider that (curfew review).
At the moment, there is an equilibrium between increases in infections and increases in the recoveries. So, it is important that we continuously review as we improve.
As of Wednesday, the country had recorded 6 638 positive cases, 206 deaths and 5 250 recoveries. The recovery rate constitutes about 80 per cent of the confirmed infections.