Zim records mild Covid-19 cases…as business hours extend

Covid-19 inter-ministerial task force spokesperson and Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa and Chief Coordinator Dr Agnes Mahomva present the Covid-19 update at State House in Harare yesterday. — Picture: Tawanda Mudimu

Government says the country is recording mild Covid-19 cases, resulting in a reduction of hospitalisation of patients.
Addressing the media after an ad-hoc inter ministerial Covid -19 taskforce meeting , Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said government has extended operating hours for businesses.
“As at 11 September, 2020 a total of 148 cases were admitted to the treatment facilities while the rest of the confirmed case were isolating at home. As part of gradually opening the economy, government has extended operation hours for the retail, wholesale and service businesses from 8am to 4.30pm to 6.30am – 6.30pm,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
“As we gradually open the economy, we need to remember that we are doing this, while taking all necessary precautions to fight the invisible enemy, Covid-19. The easing of lock down restrictions is not an indication that we have defeated this pandemic, but we are a nation seeking to balance between our economic interests and the protection of life,” she said.
Minister Mutswangwa added that preparations for the re-opening of the Victoria Falls International airport are at an advanced stage.
“The readiness of other ports of entry is under assessment and the nation will be advised,” she said.