Lockdown: Govt to facilitate cash transfers for 1 million urbanites, suspends all tax penalties


GOVERNMENT has this week continued introducing a raft of measures aimed at mitigating the effects of the novel Coronavirus(COVID-19).
On Tuesday, Public service and social welfare minister Paul Mavima announced that government will facilitate cash transfers to vulnerable individuals, with the first phase of the disbursement targeting 1 million citizens in the urban area.
“The department of social welfare will use its same criteria but we realised that we have new cases of the needy and we will look into it, since we have loss of income.
“We will review the number of beneficiaries,” Mavima said.
The move comes on the backdrop of the 21-day long COVID-19 induced lockdown pronounced by President Mnangagwa.
Government has also with immediate effect, suspended all penalties for corporate tax and import duty for manufacturers of products that are critical in combating the spread of COVID-19
“We looking at corporate tax and suspended any penalties for late payment and we have lifted import duty for manufacturers of such products in the health care sector,” Finance minister Mtuli Ncube said on Tuesday.
In the same breadth, Ncube said government has availed resources for four thousand health workers and additional two hundred medical practitioners to work in the frontline.
To date, Zimbabwe has recorded eight COVID-19 positive cases and one death.
More dedicated COVID-19 care centres are being rolled out, with the latest being the former NSSA Rainbow Hotel in Beitbridge and Mpilo hospital in Bulawayo.
Business mogul Kuda Tagwirei also committed to renovate the formerly Munyaradzi Kereke owned Rock Foundation hospital in Mt Pleasant while Trauma Centre Borrowdale owner Vivek Solanki also told this publication last week that he and other private prayers have identified four more COVID-19 care centres.

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