Government on Tuesday said it was concerned with the mushrooming of briefcase companies that are being involved in the tendering process for COVID-19 supplies.
Speaking at Tuesday’s Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said government “will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that such unscrupulous business elements are sifted out.”
Cabinet resolved that reputable and established companies be contracted to supply COVID-19 materials.
Turning to returning residents, Cabinet resolved that returnees wishing to pay for their own accommodation and upkeep will now be allowed to do so on condition the place is secure and is subject to inspection by both health and security officials.
Zimbabwe has closed its borders for human traffic except for returning nationals.
Borders also remain open for cargo.
All arrivals are subject to screening procedures and are required to undergo 21 days of self-quarantine.
Cabinet said it was working to establish fully functional quarantine centres at all ports of entry, with a total of 3 611 returning residents having been compulsorily quarantined as at 11 May 2020;
Cabinet also underscored the need to continuously improve the conditions of service of the health sector so as to minimize their exposure to COVID-19.
Cabinet noted the increase in the total number of COVID-19 tests hitherto conducted. These had risen from 13 329 as of 5 May 2020 to 23 096 as of 10 May 2020.
The country has to date recorded thirty-seven (37) COVID-19 confirmed cases, inclusive of twelve (12) recoveries and four (4) deaths.
“Government remains cautiously optimistic that the low rate of deaths and infections that the country has registered to date remains stagnant,” Mutsvangwa said.
“The country should not take this apparent low rate as a sign to be complacent about, but should continue with a unity of purpose and determination exhibited this far,” she added.
Meanwhile, police are on high alert at the country’s borders with the screening of all returnees by law enforcement agencies expected to weed out convicts and those that committed crimes before they crossed borders to neighbouring countries.