The government has extended the revised Level 4 lockdown by a further two weeks.
The extension of the lockdown was announced by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa in a statement on Tuesday night.
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Mutsvangwa said although there has been a notable decrease in the number of coronavirus infections and deaths, more efforts were required to contain the third wave. She said:
Government wishes to inform that the Level 4 Lockdown has been extended by another two weeks.
This has been necessitated by the realisation that although there has been a notable decrease in the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths, more efforts are required to contain the third wave of the pandemic.
She also urged members of the public to be vaccinated, saying the government will continue to bring in vaccines for those that are eligible and willing to get vaccinated. Added Mutsvangwa:
We cannot afford to let our guard down until we are all safe. Members of the public are therefore urged to take this opportunity to get vaccinated.
Government will continue to procure vaccines and avail them to those who are eligible and willing to be vaccinated.
It is also important that we continue to wear our masks, social distance and maintain all other preventive measures so that we overcome this pandemic as a nation.
The Level 4 Lockdown was first announced two months ago and has remained in place since then.
Meanwhile, Mutsvangwa said nothing about the reopening of schools although there have been suggestions that as infections rates continue to fall their reopening was imminent.