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Kwekwe Lockdown Extended By Two Weeks

Kwekwe Lockdown Extended By Two Weeks

Kwekwe Lockdown Extended By Two Weeks

Kwekwe Lockdown Extended By Two Weeks 

Kwekwe’s localized lockdown, which came into full swing on May 24 has been extended for a further two weeks.

This follows a surge in active Covid-19 cases in the city and its surroundings, with the Indian variant B.1.617 being detected in some instances.

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Announcing the extension of the lockdown after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said:

“As of June 7, a total of 688 696 people had received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccines and 385 275 their second dose across the country.

“The public is advised that efforts to ensure the availability of doses continue as a matter of priority,” she said.

Minister Mutsvangwa also said the Ministry of Health and Child Care is redistributing existing stocks to ensure availability of the second dose adding that a batch of 500 000 doses of vaccine is expected in the country by June 15.

Under the intensified lockdown, Kwekwe has recorded 74 cases in total with 70 cases still active and only three recoveries although there has been just a single death The Herald reports.

The district under localized lockdown comprises Kwekwe, Redcliff, and surrounding areas, with a 7 pm to 6 am curfew being enforced.

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Social and religious gatherings are banned.

The extension of the higher level lockdown comes as a total of 27 people, including children and members of staff at Mary Ward Children’s Home in the town have tested positive for Covid-19.

Mary Ward, Ruvimbo, and Chiedza primary schools have recorded positive cases among pupils.

Minister Mutsvangwa also said the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education had banned the use of school premises for holiday lessons during the three-week break.

The learning process will continue through other platforms like self-study guides which will allow pupils to continue their schooling at home.

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