Coronavirus: Zimbabwe Declares a National Disaster

Harare-The Zimbabwean Government has declared Coronavirus disease a national disaster and has cancelled all public.

Delivering his State of the Nation address at State House President Emmerson Mnangagwa said among other measures they are mobilizing resources.

“In the wake of coronavirus pandemic we have declared it a national disaster at the same time this allows us as government to mobilise resources. We have put in place national disaster management machinery” said Mnangagwa

Mnangagwa called for a unity of purpose in the fight against the deadly disease.

“We stand in full solidarity with nation of the world affected by the pandemic and we have to be ready in time when the pandemic hits our borders. We have to act decisively on this pandemic. The pandemic is already having a toll on our economy and our vision 2030,” he added

President Mnangagwa banned travel Foreigners from High Risk areas to Zimbabwe until 30 March and encouraged Zimbabweans not to travel abroad.

Public events and gatherings have also been banned and this has halted the upcoming Zimbabwe International Trade Fair as well as the Independence Celebrations.

“All hospitals are put on high alert for COVID19 kits and public events like Church gatherings, weddings and the upcoming Zimbabwe International Trade Fair are cancelled. This pandemic knows no political party, no creed, no color,” said Mnangagwa

Despite the declaration schools remain open and Mnangagwa said should the situation degenerate there is need to shut down schools.

Zimbabwe is yet to report confirmed cases of the coronavirus and suspected cases have tested negative to the disease.