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Zim: Measles blamed for death of 157 children

Zim: Measles blamed for death of 157 children

A measles outbreak in Zimbabwe has killed 157 children with the death toll nearly doubling in just under a week, the information minister said. The government last week blamed apostolic church sects for the surge in infections, saying measles was largely prevalent among those who had not received vaccinations. The total number of suspected cases nationwide has jumped from 1,036 to 2,056 in four days, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said in a post-cabinet briefing. Most reported cases are among children aged between six months and 15 from religious sects that do not believe in vaccination. "It has been noted that…
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Zimbabwe to gradually re-open schools from October 26

Zimbabwe to gradually re-open schools from October 26

ZIMBABWE will gradually re-open primary and secondary schools from October 26 for all pupils, ending a break of seven months that was precipitated by the coronavirus outbreak, the information minister has announced. The government had earlier this month said only students who are taking their final examinations would return to school. Tuesday's announcement by information minister Monica Mutsvangwa came after teachers unions said their members would boycott classes to press authorities to pay them a COVID-19 risk allowance and a pay rise. Mutsvangwa said the first group of primary and secondary pupils would go back to class on Oct. 26…
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Zimbabwe eases COVID-19 restrictions as exam classes start

Zimbabwe eases COVID-19 restrictions as exam classes start

ZIMBABWE has lifted a ban on inter-city travel and extended working hours as the government gradually re-opens the economy by easing COVID-19 restrictions. The Southern African nation went into a lockdown in March and President Emmerson Mnangagwa later imposed an overnight curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The pandemic has battered Zimbabwe, which was already reeling under hyperinflation and a looming scarcity of basic amenities before the pandemic struck. The country of 14 million people has seen 7,531 cases and 224 deaths so far, according to a Reuters tally. The cabinet approved the "resumption of inter-city travel to…
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Zimbabwe receives 200 000 vaccines

Zimbabwe receives 200 000 vaccines

ZIMBABWE's first coronavirus vaccines, 200 000 doses donated by China, have arrived in the capital Harare. A further 600 000 doses from China are set to arrive in early March, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said last week. It is unclear how much the cash-strapped southern African nation will pay for the second batch of the vaccines from China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm). Zimbabwe's Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, head of the delegation receiving the vaccines that included the finance minister, said frontline health workers would be the first to be vaccinated. "This is a timely donation...our people have suffered from this…
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