THE current Level Four national lockdown expires tomorrow and President Mnangagwa is expected to announce new lockdown measures this which is determined by the statistics of the cases at the moment.

Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Mr George Charamba yesterday noted that the President Mnangagwa will address the nation before the expiry of the lockdown.

“He is very conscious about that,” Mr Charamba, who is also Presidential spokesperson, said.

Business leaders said they were optimistic that the President’s address will come with eased lockdown measures to allow some operations to resume.

Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) president, Mr Henry Ruzvidzo, said the current lockdown has resulted in market and supply chain disruptions for businesses.

“The rates of infection are indeed down and can be attributed to the swift action taken in January. Our expectation is that we learn from the experience of the past few months on the major sources of risk and take measured responses going forward. It is important to ensure that the economy can rebound recognising the country’s limited capacity to bail out businesses. We expect more businesses to be allowed to resume operations. It is important to ensure that the economy can rebound recognising the country’s limited capacity to bail out businesses,” he said.

Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers Association president, Mr Denford Mutashu, said there was a need to strike a critical balance.

“We need to up the tempo in the national vaccination exercise in our ongoing fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we need to strike a critical balance by ensuring we double efforts on intra-trade and open up the economy further. Borders must remain closed until at least 50 percent of the population is vaccinated,” he said.

The Government has been reviewing the lockdown restrictions periodically while imposing regulations to restrict unnecessary movement.

Covid-19 cases spiked in December last year, largely as a result of the festive season.

The rise in deaths saw the Government announcing a stringent Level Four lockdown.

Zimbabwe has recorded 1 458 deaths since the first coronavirus fatality was recorded in March last year. – Sunday Mail

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