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1 month ago
Pindula News

Zimbabwe Running Out Of COVID-19 Testing Material

The country is reportedly running out of material like chemicals and containers to put specimen used when testing for COVID-19, the Chronicle reports. This was revealed in the Ministry of Health and Child Care weekly Covid-19 report which states that the country needs 15 000 viral transport media and 15 000 PCR reagents every month but only 10 % of stocks is available at the moment.

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2 months ago
The Herald

Hospital opens to fight Covid-19

St Anne’s Hospital in Harare has been opened as a Covid-19 treatment facility , Solidarity Trust Zimbabwe (Sotzim) said in a statement.

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2 months ago
Al Jazeera

Zimbabwe VP named health minister after coronavirus graft scandal

Zimbabwe's Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been appointed the health minister, a month after his predecessor was fired over corruption allegations related to coronavirus testing kits. Chiwenga replaces former Minister of Health Obadiah Moyo, who is accused of illegally awarding a $20m contract for coronavirus testing. He was arrested in June and was freed on bail pending trial.

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2 months ago
Human Rights Watch

Prisoners in Zimbabwe at Grave Risk of Covid-19 Spread

As Covid-19 cases rise in Zimbabwe, there are major risks to the country’s prisons and detention centers. These facilities are often unsanitary, overcrowded, and have no running water in cells for detainees to comply with hygiene practices recommended to stem the spread of the disease. According to the Ministry of Health, as of July 28, Zimbabwe had 2,817 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 40 deaths. And the situation in the country’s prisons and jails could get much worse.

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2 months ago
Financial Times

Prominent Zimbabwe journalist arrested in Harare

Zimbabwe’s security forces have detained a prominent journalist who exposed the alleged illegal awarding of contracts in pandemic-related government procurement. Hopewell Chin’ono, whose revelations led to the arrest and sacking of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s health minister, was arrested by security agents who raided his home in the capital, Harare, on Monday.

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2 months ago
The Guardian

Prominent Zimbabwe journalist detained in latest abduction of government critics

Authorities in Zimbabwe have arrested a prominent journalist known for his reporting on the country’s endemic corruption in the latest in a series of abductions of government critics. Chin’ono, a well-known and internationally respected reporter, recently published documents that raised concerns that powerful individuals in Zimbabwe were profiting from multimillion-dollar deals for essential supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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2 months ago
The Herald

Night curfew, restricted business hours imposed

A night curfew from 6pm to 6am for all but essential services and a retreat to 8am to 3pm working hours for exempted businesses have been imposed from today, along with criminalisation of deliberate or reckless transmission of Covid-19.

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2 months ago
Al Jazeera

Zimbabwe police detain prominent journalist, opposition official

Zimbabwean police have arrested an investigative journalist, Hopewell Chin'ono, and an opposition official, Jacob Ngarivhume, accusing them of inciting violence ahead of street demonstrations planned for next week by activists who charge government corruption has exacerbated economic hardship during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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3 months ago
BBC News

Coronavirus: Zimbabwe arrests 100,000 for 'violations' of measures

More than 105,000 people have been arrested in Zimbabwe since March for violating regulations aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, police say. Around 1,000 were arrested in the last two days for "unnecessary movement" or for not wearing face masks, they add.

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3 months ago
The Herald

Hospital chief executives sacked

Chief executives of five major Government hospitals have been “relieved of their duties” by the Health Services Board as part of what is described as a “restructuring exercise” within the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

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