May 2020

UN Secretary General's Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on older persons

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world. As of 26 April, the virus itself has already taken the lives of some 193,710 people, and fatality rates for those over 80 years of age is five times the global average. As the virus spreads rapidly to developing countries, likely overwhelming health and social protection systems, the mortality rate for older persons could climb even higher.
 

Statement of Support to the UN Secretary General`s Policy Brief on The Impact of COVID-19 on Older Persons

In the face of the unprecedented spread of COVID-19, we strongly support the appeal by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for countries to promote responses to the pandemic based on the respect of the rights and dignity of older people as well as global solidarity. In this regard, we welcome the release of the Policy Brief of the United Nations Secretary-General on the impact of COVID-19 on older people.
 

BILL WATCH 26/2020 - SI 102 & SI 103 Covid-19 Regulations and Order - Yet More Amendments

BILL WATCH 26/2020

[8th May 2020]

Covid-19 Regulations and Order : Yet More Amendments

Late on Wednesday the Government published further amendments to the regulations and order dealing with the Covid-19 epidemic.  They are contained in two statutory instruments, both of which are available on the Veritas website:

SI 2020-103 Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (No. 3)

IT is hereby notified that the Minister of Health and Child Care has, in terms of section 68 of the Public Health Act [Chapter 15:17], made the following regulations:—
1. These regulations may be cited as the Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (No. 3).

SI 2020-102 Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (Amendment) Order, 2020 (No. 7)

IT is hereby notified that the Minister of Health and Child Care has, in terms of section 8(1) of the Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) Regulations, 2020 (published in Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020) made the following order:—
1. This order may be cited as the Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (Amendment) Order, 2020 (No. 7).

SI 2020-101 Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (Amendment) Order, 2020 (No. 6)

Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (Amendment) Order, 2020 (No. 6)

IT is hereby notified that the Minister of Health and Child Care has, in terms of section 8(1) of the Public Health (COVID-19 Pre­vention, Containment and Treatment) Regulations, 2020 (published in Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020) made the following order: —

Details on the COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Stimulus Package

Introduction
1. On 1 May 2020, The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, E.D. Mnangagwa, unveiled an ZWL$18 billion Economic Recovery and Stimulus Package aimed at reinvigorating the economy and providing relief to individuals, families, small businesses and industries impacted by the economic slowdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and the attendant response measures implemented by the government to control the health crisis. We now provide more details of the package below.

Cabinet Meeting 2020-12: 21 April

Cabinet considered and approved a report on the country’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19  Outbreak as presented by the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force on COVID-19, Honourable Vice President K.C.D. Mohadi.

 

Notable progress has been registered with regard to the procurement of the requisite equipment for testing as well as for protection of the frontline health personnel and supporting staff.

 

Cabinet Meeting 2020-08: 24th March

The Minister of Health and Child Care updated Cabinet on the National Preparedness and Response Progress Regarding the COVID-19 Outbreak in Zimbabwe.  Cabinet noted with deep sorrow the passing on of Zororo Makamba yesterday at Wilkins Hospital and expressed deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.

 

Cabinet Meeting 2020-13: 28th April

Cabinet received and adopted a report on the national preparedness and response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, which was presented by Honourable K.C.D. Mohadi, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force on COVID-19.  Cabinet was informed that as at 26th April 2020, a cumulative total of 6 935 COVID-19 tests had been carried out.  Of these tests, 31 were confirmed positive cases, inclusive of five recoveries and four deaths. 

 

SI 2020-100 Customs and Excise (Tariff) (Amendment) Notice, 2020 (No. 16)

IT is hereby notified that the Minister of Finance and Economic Development has, in terms of section 225 of the Customs and Excise Act [Chapter 23:02], made the following notice—
1.
(1) This notice may be cited as the Customs and Excise (Tariff) (Amendment) Notice, 2020 (No. 16).
(2) This notice shall be effective from 5th May, 2020.
2. Part II of the Second Schedule of the Customs and Excise (Tariff) Notice, 2017, published in Statutory Instrument 53 of 2017 is amended by the repeal of the following:—

Cabinet Meeting 2020-10: 7th April

Cabinet considered and approved a Report on the country’s preparedness and response to the Corona Virus Outbreak (COVID-19), which was presented by Honourable Vice President Mohadi, as Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force on the COVID-19 Outbreak. Cabinet commended the general public for positively heeding the clarion call by His Excellency President E.D. Mnangagwa to stay at their homes for 21 days with effect from 30 March, 2020.

Cabinet Decision Matrix 2019-26

Cabinet considered a preliminary report by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development on the 2019 Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review. The Fiscal Policy Review confirmed the position that as a consequence of the reform measures being undertaken by Government, the country’s economy was now heading towards macro-economic stabilisation. However, a more comprehensive presentation on the subject matter will be made to Parliament during the Minister’s mid-year Fiscal Review and Supplementary Budget Statement scheduled for 31st July 2019.

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