The Government says sporting activities in schools remain suspended due to the possibility of a rise in coronavirus infections as winter sets in.
In her post-Cabinet briefing in Harare on Tuesday, 10 May, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said:
While the country is doing well in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabinet, nonetheless, calls upon citizens to remain vigilant and strictly observe the national and World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 protocols, and the relevant regulations will continue to be strictly enforced.
Furthermore, there is a need to closely monitor the situation in schools for the coming few weeks before allowing the resumption of sporting activities in the institutions, given that the re-opening of schools and the onset of winter is usually associated with increased cases of COVID-19.
Mutsvangwa also revealed that as of 9 May 2022, the country’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 248 531, with 242 118 recoveries and 5 479 deaths. She said:
The recovery rate was 98 per cent, with 785 active cases having been reported.
The number of new COVID-19 cases continued to decrease, with 361 cases having been recorded, compared to the 437 recorded the previous week, marking a 17 per cent decline.
Mutsvangwa urged the public to remain vigilant and strictly observe the national and World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 protocols and get vaccinated. Said Mutsvangwa:
Regarding the national vaccination programme, Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that, as of 9 May 2022, a total of 5 924 932 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had been administered, while 3 868 126 people had received their second dose, and 647 049 their third.
This translates to national coverage of 53 per cent, up from the 52 per cent recorded the previous week. Cabinet calls upon all citizens that have not been vaccinated to present themselves for vaccination at centres nearest to them.
All provinces will now ramp up vaccination under the Phase II Vaccination Blitz Campaign Programme by working closely with community leaders.