Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvanga has announced that wearing of face masks in open public places had been lifted; however, she said the lifting is only for fully vaccinated people who will be required to carry their vaccination cards as evidence.
Mutsvangwa announced this during a post cabinet press briefing in Harare.
“Noting the significant decrease in COVID-19 cases Cabinet resolved as follows: that those who have been fully vaccinated with the of the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended vaccines are now exempted from mandatory wearing of face masks in outdoor public places but should
however wear face masks in indoor public places and on public transport. Those who are fully vaccinated should carry their vaccination cards all the time;
“Cabinet notes that the pandemic continues to be brought under control in most provinces, with only Midlands Province recording a slight increase in new cases over the past 14 days. However, two (2) patients were admitted for intensive care at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare.
Minister Mutsvangwa said the country’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 256 561 as at 15th August, 2022, with 250 733 recoveries and 5 588 deaths.
“The recovery rate was 98%, with 240 active cases. The overall number of new COVID-19 cases continued to decrease, with 57 cases being recorded, compared to the 105 recorded the previous week, marking a 46% decline.
“An average of 8 new cases were reported per day, compared to 15 the previous week. A total of 13 new admissions were recorded during the week, thereby reflecting a zero percent change from the previous week,” said Mutsvangwa