Zimbabwe’s President Emerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday imposed a second lockdown following a surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country.
The restrictions under level 4 lockdown will be in place for the next 30 days. They include a stay-at-home order except movement to access food and medicine.
President Mnangagwa, in a tweet, has urged people to avoid large gatherings and non-essential travel.
He wrote, “Zimbabwe is entering a second lockdown to stop the spread of a COVID-19 second wave.
“Please, for the sake of your family and loved ones, avoid large gatherings and non-essential travel.
“This is the final push – let’s defeat this virus for good.”
Police have mounted checkpoints on major roads leading to the capital, Harare, where only essential service providers are permitted to pass.
Permanent Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana, on Monday, said that it was necessary to return to more intense measures to contain the spike in infections.
He said, “Globally, there was also a new strain in the UK and South Africa as well as new waves of infections in many countries.
“Our own infection and death rates were rising exponentially and Government took a very proactive decision to contain this before it overwhelmed our health services which are still in recovery mode.
“The only way to contain these soaring numbers was to take our regime back to Level 4 lockdown.”
The country’s death toll stands at 384.
Death Toll of Pigs Killed By Swine Fever in Tanzania Now 1,155
Tanzania’s Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries says the number of pigs killed by the African swine fever in northern Tanzania has risen from 500 to 1,155, an official said on Wednesday.
Hezron Nonga, the Director of Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, told Xinhua in a telephone interview that out of the 1,155 killed pigs, 909 were in Kahama district, 56 in Geita district, 38 in Mbogwe district, 147 in Sengerema district, four in Kyerwa district and one in Misungwi district.
Nonga visited Kahama district to provide support to a team of experts formed by the government to contain the spread of the deadly disease that broke out in Kahama district in late December 2020.
Mashimba Ndaki, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, last week directed regional and district commissioners to control the transportation of pigs to curb the spread of the disease.
In March 2018, more than 900 pigs were killed by the African swine fever in Tanzania’s southern region of Ruvuma
MTN Donates $25M to the African Union
Telecommunication giant, MTN, has announced a donation of $25million to support the African Union COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Ralph Mupita, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTN Group, on Wednesday in Johannesburg, said that the donation will help secure up to seven million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for health workers across the continent.
This he said will contribute to the vaccination initiative of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
“The devastating impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and profound, therefore, Public and private partnerships are needed if we are to succeed in the fight against the pandemic.
“The sole objective is to restore social and economic norms for our continent and our communities and most importantly the determination to bring lasting solutions to the disease,
“On Jan. 14, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairperson of the African Union, announced that the African Union had secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses on behalf of its Member States.
“Through advance procurement commitment guarantees of up to US$2 billion to the manufacturers by the African Export-Import Bank.
“This was an important milestone in efforts to ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine for Africa’s people,’’ Mupita said.
He added that with a population of about 1.3 billion, Africa requires many more doses to achieve at least 60 per cent herd immunity.
Contributions by private organisations, like MTN, are therefore essential to help the continent reach its target.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, MTN has made significant contributions to help limit the spread of the disease and save lives and livelihoods within its African market.
This donation is another example of MTN’s efforts to help find lasting solutions to solve the challenges facing the continent and to guarantee a healthy Africa, for all Africans.
“We believe ongoing collaborations with key stakeholders across sectors are essential as vaccines are deployed in all our markets, with communication tools, technology and digital services being vital support infrastructure.
“Therefore, for a successful mass vaccination programme. in the coming months, MTN Group will look at similar support commitments for the markets in which we operate in the Middle East.”Mupita said.
Nigeria Confirms 15 Additional COVID-19 Deaths
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 15 additional deaths from COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of death toll in the country to 1,522.
The NCDC disclosed this on its website.
The centre also said that 1,303 new cases of COVID-19 was recorded, bringing the total number of infection in the country to 124,299.
The new infections were reported in 24 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The centre said Lagos, FCT and Nasarawa recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections on Monday, with 478 , 211 and 83 cases respectively.
Others state with new infections are Rivers-72, Kwara-42, Edo-36, Ondo-34, Benue-32, Kaduna-32, Katsina-26, Plateau-26, Kano-25, Taraba-25, Osun-22, Delta-21, Oyo-21, Niger-19, Sokoto-18, Ebonyi-17, Ekiti-14, Gombe-13, Ogun-12, Bauchi-11, Zamfara-eight, Borno-four and Jigawa-one.
The 1,270,523 people have been tested since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 27, 2020.
The agency also announced that 917 patients have been discharged from isolation centres across the country after testing negative to the virus , raising the total number of patients discharged to 99,276.
It added that the discharged included 542 community recoveries in Lagos State, 103 in Plateau and 22 in Kwara, managed in line with NCDC guidelines.
The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level III, is coordinating response activities nationwide.
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