We Will Impose Another Lockdown: Govt Warns Zimbabweans Amid Covid-19 Third Wave Fears
The government of Zimbabwe has issued another warning that it will not hesitate to impose strict Covid-19 lockdown measures in order to safeguard the population against the third wave of the pandemic.
The warning comes at a time when health officials and law enforcement officers have raised concerns over the disregarding of Covid-19 health protocols, just three weeks after the government relaxed the stringent lockdown.
Government spokesperson and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana warned citizens not to be reckless about Covid-19. He said that if people continue disregarding the wearing of masks and fail to observe social distancing, Covid-19 cases will invariably increase and the government will be left with no option but to impose yet another lockdown.
The government’s warning comes at a time when The country’s COVID-19 infection rate appears to be increasing again after falling to its lowest level in past weeks.
The country now has over 36,000 COVID-19 positive infections and over 1,500 deaths.
Less than a week ago, officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care raised expressed concerns at the alarming levels of complacency being displayed by members of the public.
Chief Co-ordinator of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Agnes Mahomva said,
“As Government, we are always concerned when people get complacent because that is what led us to the second wave.
“But as our main defence line, now that we have the vaccine, we are speeding up the programme to ensure that we immunise our target number as a way of minimising further infections.
“We are beefing up our teams from the national level to provincial so that more and more people get vaccinated and are educated about the safety of the vaccine.
“As a way of speeding up the process, we have also allowed the private sector to import the vaccine through the Government.”
Some European countries such as Italy and Germany have already said that they are now battling the third wave of coronavirus infection