BY STAFF REPORTER
Government has ordered the immediate closure of Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) after a lecturer recently tested positive for coronavirus.
CUT recently reopened it's doors to students to sit for their final year examinations amid a stringent Covid-19 preventative regime.
The Covid-19 national taskforce reached the decision to shut the university following a sharp increase in the number of local infections, which have breached the 1 700 mark yesterday while 26 people have died so far.
Speaking to the media on the taskforce's decision on Monday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services minister Monica Mutsvangwa also said only employees providing essential services will be permitted into towns' central business districts (CBDs) as the country slides back to near total lockdown.
"The taskforce directed that only those civil servants who were approved by the Public Service Commission to provide essential services should report for work, with the rest remaining in lockdown...
"Following the recorded infection at Chinhoyi University of Technology and in line with the guidelines for the reopening of universities and colleges, the taskforce resolved that the said institution undertakes all necessary and sensible steps to close," said Mutsvangwa.
Last week, CUT returning students, who were in the midst of writing examinations, were thrown into panic mode as news filtered that a lecturer had tested positive of the deadly Covid-19.
The development also sent jitters among the entire Chinhoyi community where some students rent accommodation.-LOCAL NEWS
BY JAMES MUONWA
The ruling Zanu PF Youth League has been lauded for embarking on a vigorous campaign to educate communities on the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, which has ravaged households globally.
Zimbabwe has so far recorded over 1 200 cases which have tested positive for Covid-19 while 25 patients have died of the disease.
Women's Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development deputy minister, Jennifer Mhlanga said despite the harsh economic conditions, the revolutionary party's youths had taken it upon themselves to inform and educate the general citizenry, both in rural and urban settings, on the dangers and debilitating effects of the pandemic.
"These youths deserve mention and an award for the sterling work they are doing in educating fellow Zimbabweans about this Covid-19 scourge.
"While we cannot celebrate that we have low figures when it comes to Covid-19 deaths as compared to other countries, the pandemic has not hit us so hard because of advocacy work from various organisations, including the Zanu PF Youth League taking a cue from President Emmerson Mnangagwa," said Mhlanga.
The deputy minister, who is also a proportional representative parliamentarian for Mashonaland West, made the remarks during the handover of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and foodstuffs to Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital by the Zanu PF YL in Chinhoyi on Monday.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police and the President's Department also received face masks, gloves, hand sanitisers and themometres.
Zanu PF YL national secretary for economic empowerment and indigenisation, Mike Chimombe, who spearheaded mobilisation of the donated goods, said the donation to the hospital was aimed at thwarting any possibilities of frontline health workers from contracting Covid-19, while foodstuffs would give patients nutritional needs to recover.
"I have my roots in Chinhoyi and, therefore, l feel obligated to give back to my community as we fight against Covid-19. I believe these PPEs will prevent nurses and other workers from getting infected. Also, l hope the foodstuffs will help patients recover quickly," said Chimombe.
Led by Chimombe, who is also a successful businessman and philanthropist, the Zanu PF YL in recent weeks has been on a whirlwind Covid-19 education campaign where it also donated PPEs and groceries to various needy citizens in the province's seven districts.
In accepting the donation, hospital medical superintendent Dr Collet Mawire said the gesture was timely as the institution was facing a critical shortage of PPEs and food rations.
Meanwhile, Mashonaland West police boss, Commissioner Priscilla Makotose has urged people to avoid loitering outside their homes, underscoring the need to abide by lockdown regulations in the wake of a spike in new Covid-19 infections countrywide.
The commissioner warned the public that they faced arrest for unnecessary movement.
Commissioner Makotose lamented that people wantonly flouting lockdown measures were putting an extra burden on ZRP's policing duties when this energy can be directed at curtailing more serious criminal activities.
(Picture: Mike Chimombe, with scarf, flanked by Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital medical superintendent Dr Collet Mawire, right, and deputy minister Jennifer Mhlanga, among others).-TOP NEWS
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