The government will produce COVID-19 vaccination certificates with improved security features to prevent the proliferation of fake ones.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa briefing the Press after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, said:
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Government in liaison with Fidelity Printers and the Registrar Generals’ Office has strengthened security measures through designing a water-tight Vaccination Certificate Card.
The Card, to be printed by Fidelity Printers, will exhibit the following features: invisible coat of arms, which shines under UV Light; fluorescent numbering; water-marked security paper; micro text underground and guilloche pattern.
Mutsvangwa also announced that Treasury is set to release US$4.5 million to the Registrar General’s Office towards the clearing of a 256 000 passport backlog.
Passport fees were also increased, with an ordinary passport going out for US$60, a three-day passport costing US$200 and a 24-hour emergency passport being obtained for US$318.
On the issue of public examinations, Mutsvangwa said Cabinet resolved to suspend the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council June examinations for 2021.
She said the government will make arrangements to ensure that candidates who wanted to write in June are accommodated in November.