Zimbabwe will beef up surveillance at the country’s border posts during the upcoming Easter holidays to reduce the risk of the transmission of the coronavirus.
This was said by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare on Tuesday. She said:
As the nation approaches the Easter holidays, Cabinet notes that there is a likelihood of increased internal and cross-border movement of people, which may provide fertile ground for increased transmission.
In that regard, the Ministry of Health and Child Care is strengthening surveillance, case management, and risk communication and community engagement in anticipation of the Easter holidays. Special attention will be accorded to ports of entry and exit.
As of 23 March 2021, the country had recorded 36 717 coronavirus cases, including 34 447 recoveries and 1 516 deaths.
Mutsvangwa also revealed that the government had given the green light to driving schools, the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe and the Vehicle Inspectorate Department to resume operations.
They will, however, have to adhere to approved standard operating procedures and World Health Organisation guidelines for the prevention of transmission of COVID-19.