By Own Correspondent
THE City of Harare is taking precautions to decongest workplaces as advised by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and says its staff will now work from home save for critical workers.
The City advised that the changes are effective Thursday, 24th March 2020, and will continue indefinitely subject to the developments in future as the nation grapples with what looks set to be a pandemic of huge proportion.
“Council with effect from Thurs 25 March decongest workstations. Critical service delivery employees to report for duty. Some management staffers will work from home.
“Support staff given special leave. District offices remain open with skeletal staff until further notice,” said the City of Harare in a statement.
Zimpapers and other large organisations have since announced similar procedures of operation, while banks have also had to shut down branches across the country to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
By Wednesday mid-day (GMT + 2), coronavirus had infected over 428,000 people across the world, with 19,100 deaths. About 109,000 have recovered from the infections, while the rest are still ill. See latest coronavirus statistics HERE.
Zimbabwe currently has three confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but cases are expected to rise as some who were exposed are yet to be tested or to realize they are at risk.
Zororo Makamba became the first casualty after he succumbed to complications arising from a previous heart condition, coupled with the effect of a coronavirus infection he probably picked from the United States. – Zimbabwe Voice
If you suspect COVID-19 infection or wish to obtain more information on this disease, please call the Ministry of Health and Child Care on toll free hotline number 2019 for assistance.