Markets worry as Mbare records 7 positive #Covid-19 cases
GOVERNMENT has expressed concern over compliance with #Covid-19 lockdown guidelines at vegetable markets after positive cases were recorded at Mbare Musika in Harare.
In a media briefing Monday evening, information minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the government had conducted an analysis of #Covid-19 hotspots around the country to facilitate better channeling of resources.
“The latest hotspots to be analyzed are the Fresh Vegetable markets in Harare and Bulawayo. It was noted that persons from different environments visit these markets and testing would give an indication of infection rates,” the minister said.
“The Harare Rapid Response Teams conducted tests at Mbare Musika yesterday and today of those tested, 7 (8.75%) were positive.
“It was also noted that there is high risks posed by these markets which include: crowding of clients, poor sanitation conditions for vendors and no easy donning of masks by the general public and vendors.”
She added; “This errant behavior in the form of continued disregard of COVID19 containment measures which includes physical distancing, wearing of face masks and sanitization is also being witnessed in public spaces such as supermarkets, malls and banking halls.”
The government has since established four additional rapid response teams covering areas such as Chitungwiza, Epworth and Ruwa.
“Treasury has allocated Harare ZWL$10 million, Bulawayo ZWL$6 million and Chitungwiza ZWL$2.5 million for the COVID19 teams especially for Rapid Response Teams,” Minister Mutsvangwa added. ZBC News online