News & Analysis: Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Sally Mugabe Hospital Midwives Down Tools Over COVID-19 PPE

“Midwives running Sally Mugabe Hospital’s maternity ward have withdrawn their services over lack of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment. The health workers have also blamed health minister and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga for alleged failure to listen to their concerns.”

via New Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe health system at risk due to COVID-19 strain

“Zimbabwe’s health system is at risk of being overwhelmed as a renewed surge in coronavirus infections has caused a shortage of beds and equipment at hospitals.”

via Anadolu Agency

Zimbabwe: Police, Soldiers To Enforce New COVID-19 Lockdown

“Zimbabwe’s acting president, Kembo Mohadi, says the country’s state security agents will enforce strict COVID-19 regulations introduced Saturday following the death of 29 people in the past week and 1,342 new infections.”

via New Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe soccer national team hit by COVID-19 outbreak

“Zimbabwe’s preparations for the upcoming African Nations Championship (Chan) football tournament in Cameroon have been suspended after nine players tested positive for COVID-19.”

via The East African

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Killing Zimbabwe’s Once-thriving Cross-border Trading Networks

Policies meant to control the spread of COVID-19 have had dramatic negative impacts on Zimbabweans involved in cross-border trade, including in Mutare, a city east of Harare on the border with Mozambique.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 pushes African airlines to the brink

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Africa’s airlines, but some analysts suggest that a more streamlined industry offering better services could emerge as a result.”

via African Business Magazine

Survey reveals 95 percent of African SMEs did not receive government aid during COVID-19 pandemic

“In March 2020, the African Union created the Rollo Africa Business Simulation Programme to support SMEs and the informal sector. Of the 490 businesses that applied the programme, 93 percent reported their business was heavily impacted by the pandemic and 95 percent testified they never received any government support to combat the economic downturn.”

via African Union

Zimbabwe arrests 2 men for selling fake COVID-19 results

“Zimbabwe has begun opening its borders and travelers are required to produce certificates produced within 48 hours that show that they are not infected by COVID-19.”

via Associated Press

COVID-19: ‘We are going to be very strict,’ Motsoaledi warns Zimbabwean travellers

“Many Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa travel back home at the end of the year to spend the Christmas and New Year holidays with their families. However, for many, the cost of the COVID-19 tests necessary to cross the border will make the annual return home unaffordable.”

via Sunday Times

All set for reopening of border posts today (Zimbabwe)

“The formal legal notice was gazetted yesterday reopening Zimbabwe’s border posts today to private motorists and pedestrians, so long as those wishing to enter Zimbabwe have a certificate issued in the previous 48 hours certifying they are free of COVID-19 and in addition show no symptoms of the disease.”

via The Herald