Mnangagwa declares coronavirus a national disaster

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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday suspended the 2020 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (2020 ZITF), independence celebrations, international sporting activities and gatherings of more than 100 people as well as a raft of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Funds initially budgeted for the independence celebrations and the 2020 ZITF will now be diverted to the fight against COVID-19, Mnangagwa said.

Mnangagwa said major ports of entry will remain open, with rigorous screening, but smaller border posts will be closed.

Government has also called for voluntary curtailment of movement especially to, from and through virus epicentres while all hospitals and health institutions have been put on high alert.

A national communication task force for disseminating accurate information is set to be constituted while the national clean-up campaign has been broadened to incorporate virus awareness and creating good habitats.

Mnangagwa added that schools will remain open until official closing day in two weeks time.

The reopening dates will be advised.

Meanwhile, funerals are exempt from the regulations barring gatherings of upward of 100 people.

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