FORTY-SECOND POST-CABINET PRESS BRIEFING
24TH NOVEMBER, 2020
1. ZIMBABWE’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Cabinet received an update report on the country’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs presented as Chairperson of the Ad-Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force.
As of 20 November, 2020, Zimbabwe had recorded a cumulative9 120 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 8 229 recoveries, and 265 deaths. The national recovery rate is 90.2 percent. Seven thousand six hundred and fifty (7 650) of the COVID-19 positive cases are local transmissions. New cases for week 46 stood at 281, compared to 294 recorded in week 45. The total number of PCR tests done during the reporting week is 6 191, up from 5 028 carried out during the previous week. The increase is attributable to wider utilisation of Gene Xpert machines.
Cabinet notes that a number of COVID-19 positive cases were reported at learning institutions following the full re-opening of schools. The nation is advised that measures have been put in place to strengthen protective and preventative measures in boarding school environments. The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education with technical support from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, is organising logistics for implementing the following practical measures to minimise the recurrence of the John Tallach School experience in other boarding schools; reviewing the maximum carrying capacity of all boarding hostels; conducting detailed inspection of boarding facilities; and targeted training of hostel matron,boarding masters as well as kitchen staff. In order to guarantee of fresh water to schools in need, Cabinet reports that ZW$150 million was released to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education for the drilling of boreholes.