Covid-19: Liqour retailers reopen

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Government has given liquor retailers the green light to commence operations following representations from the Liquor Retailers’ Association seeking permission.

Cabinet resolved that operations could resume in line with COVID-19 regulations and on condition that no liquor is consumed at their premises.

Elsewhere, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has scaled up efforts in preparation for the 14 and 28 September, 2020 re-opening of Cambridge and ZIMSEC examination-administering schools, respectively.

“The Ministry is currently procuring PPE, infrared thermometers, disinfectants and other hygiene products to the tune of ZW$654 147 907,” Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said during the post Cabinet press briefing.

Cabinet noted that the country has now recorded 6 837 confirmed COVID-19 cases, compared to the 6 388 reported the previous week.

A total of 5 345 persons had recovered from the virus, compared to the 5 078 recoveries that were reported last week.

Government said it had released ZW$205 million for the drilling of 10 specialised boreholes and the rehabilitation of 10 under the Epping Forest Project.

Four of the ten boreholes have so far been drilled. The Epping Forest and the Mtshabezi/Inyankuni Water Project aim to improve raw water supplies to the City of Bulawayo.

To date, the total number of boreholes drilled by Government and its partners as part of the COVID-19 response is 222.  

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