Workplaces hotspots for Covid-19

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By Staff Reporter
The workplace has come under spotlight after a number of Covid-19 cases have been contracted in offices, leading to temporary closure.

Last Thursday, 21 Cimas Medical Aid Society employees in Harare tested positive for Covid-19.

The Covid-19 patients shared transport, work stations, computers and telephone handsets.

Recently, some health workers at Mpilo Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals tested positive for Covid-19 while Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) Bulawayo offices were temporarily closed after one of its senior staffers succumbed to Covid-19.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima said when Government reopened the economy it laid down regulations to minimise the Covid-19 infection rate at work places.

He said his ministry has deployed inspectors to randomly inspect compliance in companies and is largely satisfied with the level of compliance.

Prof Mavima said workers should also follow Covid-19 regulations outside the workplace so that they do not bring the virus at work.

“However, you ought to realise that once the workers have left the work place they are also going home and to their communities. The precaution should not stop at work. People should be conscientised that when they are in the community, they also observe the same protocols. They should not go to places where they do not sanitise, do not go in places where people do not get screened as they go in, don’t go to places where people are not observing proper wearing of masks, and don’t go into a place where social distancing is not adhered to,“ said Prof Mavima.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe recorded 133 new confirmed cases of Covid 19 yesterday bringing the total number of cases to date to 1611. These include 116 local cases  who are in isolation and 17 returnees from South Africa.

The Ministry Health and Child Care confirmed the latest numbers in a statement last night adding that 22 of the local cases are known contacts of confirmed cases. Investigations are underway to establish the source of infection for the other 94 cases.  

30 new recoveries were recorded yesterday with 28 from Midlands and 2 from Mashonaland East provinces bringing total number of recoveries to 472 while 25 deaths have been recorded.

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