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Zimbabwe records spike in Covid-19 cases

ZIMBABWE has recorded a spike in Covid-19 cases with 712 new cases being reported on December 1 while 104 cases where recorded from learning institutions across the country.

Twenty-four hours earlier the country had recorded 399 new cases and one death.

In a daily update, the ministry of Health and Child Care said as of November 30 at 3pm there were 52 hospitalised cases, 18 being new admissions, five being asymptomatic cases while 33 were mild to moderate, 11 were severe and three people were in Intensive Care Unit.

Cumulatively, Zimbabwe has recorded a total 135 337 cases, 128 784 recoveries and 4 707 deaths.

About 2, 8 million people have so far been fully vaccinated so far, falling short of the country’s targeting 10 million people by end of December – 60% herd immunity.

The rise in infections come as has Government gazetted new Covid-19 regulations announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday.

A daily curfew running from 9pm to 6am has become law while all returning residents and visitors have to undergo PCR testing, and will be quarantined, at own cost, for 10 days.

All shops will open for business from 7am Hours and will close for business by 7pm.

The number and behaviour of all persons attending any gathering must observe and comply with W.H.O protocols which includes masking, social distancing and sanitising.

All Covid-19 related Funerals will strictly be supervised by Ministry of Health and Child Care Environmental Health Officers and Technician.

No liquor will be consumed at bottle stores, which consequently cease to be drinking premises until further notice. Night Clubs and bars will admit Vaccinated clients only. Restaurants are required to close at 1900 hours.

The measures will be in place for a period of 14 days subject to review at the end the two weeks.