HEALTH TOP STORY 

Re-opening businesses hit by order to buy Covis-19 test kits for workers

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s coronavirus-induced partial lockdown was due to begin on Monday after tight restrictions imposed on March 30 were eased. Most businesses are expected to open under supervision while informal markets – where more than 80 percent of Zimbabweans earn their living – will remain shut. On Sunday, the government announced that businesses which wish to open will be obligated to ensure their employees are tested for coronavirus – imposing a new burden on already struggling businesses to pay for test kits. In other measures, all Zimbabweans leaving their…

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BUSINESS NEWS 

We will enforce price control : VP Mohadi

Government has said it will have to enforce price reductions as some shops were not adhering to the price moratorium which they had committed to. The moratorium seeks to control pricing of basic commodities. The Government announced a moratorium of prices on basic commodities that were spiralling out of control without justification. In line with the move the private sector agreed to revert to prices that were prevailing on 25 March 2020. Speaking on Friday at Gwanda Provincial Hospital during a visit to monitor progress in fighting Covid-19 Vice-President Kembo…

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HEALTH TOP STORY 

14 DAY LOCKDOWN: Mnangagwa extends Zimbabwe lockdown, lays out Z$18 billion rescue

President Emmerson Mnangagwa Friday announced a 14-day extension of the coronavirus lockdown, albeit with eased conditions, together with a Z$18 billion economic rescue and stimulus package. The eased “Phase 2” lockdown comes with a requirement for everyone to wear a face mask (including homemade) in public. While companies will be allowed to operate between 0800hrs and 1500hrs, informal traders, where most Zimbabweans eke out a living, remain restricted with the exception of agriculture and food supply. Only Zupco will be permitted to offer public transport with passengers subjected to temperature…

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HEALTH INTERNATIONAL NEWS 

Hope rises on Coronavirus fight as US scientists hail remdesivir drug trial.

WASHINGTON, United States – American scientists on Wednesday hailed a potential breakthrough in the coronavirus fight as a trial showed patients responding to antiviral drug remdesivir, fuelling global hopes for a return to normal. The medical news was enough to propel a rebound on Wall Street even after data showed the pandemic had plunged the United States into its worst economic slump in a decade and Germany predicted its biggest recession since the aftermath of World War II. In the first proof of successful treatment against the illness that has…

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HEALTH INTERNATIONAL NEWS 

Madagascar adamant that they have found the deadly pandemic herbal cure.

Officials in Madagascar are adamant that they have a herbal solution to the current global health crisis – and they’ve managed to sell their first batch. The eyes of the world have been drawn to Madagascar this week, after the government rolled out production of a herbal tea which it claims can negate the effects of the disease currently ravaging the planet. Senegal orders Madagascar “miracle tea”Government spokesperson Abdou Latif Coulibaly told public broadcaster RTS that Senegal was ready to test the “miracle” product, officially known as CVO. Senegal has…

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HEALTH OTHERS 

Broke Zimbabwe frees returning residents earlier than scheduled from quarantine

HARARE – The broke Zimbabwe government has freed 34 returning residents who were being held at a mandatory coronavirus quarantine facility in Darwendale, 60km west of Harare. Zimbabwe set a mandatory 21-day quarantine for returning residents in a bid to contain the spread of the virus, but ministers admit the country cannot afford to accommodate and feed thousands of returnees for long periods. In a statement Sunday, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said they discharged 34 returning residents from the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Administration and Management (ZIPAM) isolation centre on…

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HEALTH INTERNATIONAL NEWS 

Coronavirus: United Kingdom begins first patients injected vaccine trial

BBC – The first human trial in Europe of a coronavirus vaccine has begun in Oxford. Two volunteers were injected, the first of more than 800 people recruited for the study. Half will receive the Covid-19 vaccine, and half a control vaccine which protects against meningitis but not coronavirus. The design of the trial means volunteers will not know which vaccine they are getting, though doctors will. Elisa Granato, one of the two who received the jab, told the BBC: “I’m a scientist, so I wanted to try to support…

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HEALTH OTHERS 

Sakunda’s Tagwirei delights Mnangagwa with coronavirus donations : “You are like Apostle Peter”

HARARE – Sakunda Holdings has received heavenly praise after donating US$2.6 million in equipment and the Arundel Hospital to Government for use in the fight against COVID-19, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa likening the company’s CEO the Apostle Peter. Sakunda CEO and presidential advisor Kudakwashe Tagwirei handed over the donation to Mnangagwa at State House Thursday, revealing that his company was also going to pay the 55 medical personnel manning the hospital for the next six months. The tycoon, who has been in the public spotlight over US$3 billion in Command…

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS 

Madagascar President ‘congratulated for herbal coronavirus cure’

Andry Rajoelina Madagascar’s President says he has been congratulated by his counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo for launching a herbal coronavirus “cure”. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no proof of a cure for Covid-19 and the country’s national medical academy (Anamem) has also cast doubt on the efficacy of Mr Rajoelina’s touted prevention and remedy.But President Rajoelina tweeted that he and Félix Tshisekedi had chatted via a video conference about the Malagasy plant-based tonic, dubbed Covid-Organics.”Africa is united and develops solutions against #Covid19 thanks to…

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS 

Ramaphosa calls for lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe, Sudan

JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe and Sudan to allow all African countries access to resources in a bid to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The president hosted a virtual meeting on Wednesday with captains of business as African Union (AU) chairperson to engage them on the AU strategy to combat COVID-19 and seek their support.The meeting was also attended by heads of state and government of the DRC, Egypt, and Ethiopia.In his virtual address to the G20 and interactions with UN secretary…

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