By Mutsa Makuvaza
GOVERNMENT has, with immediate effect, extended the Level 2 national lockdown by a further two weeks, after which an appropriate review will be announced.
Among the new measures announced is that the normal school calendar is suspended until further notice due to the rising cases of Covid-19. Exam classes which were set to open next Monday will still do so, but under strict observance of Covid-19 guidelines for schools.
Normal classes were pencilled to reopen on 10 January, but the latest announcement postpones the opening date which will be advised in future.
Making the announcement this Friday, President Mnangagwa said Government made the measures as guided by a scientific appreciation of the Covid-19 situation prevailing across the country.
“In the last three days, we have been experiencing at least 30 deaths a day due to Covid-19 and thousands of infections. Therefore, with the exception of Examination Classes which resume classes as announced by the Ministry, the general school calendar is hereby delayed until further notice.
“Examination Classes exempt from this delay are however expected to strictly comply with preventive measures,” he said.
While business reopens and resumes as normal, employers are expected to put in train all the essential preventive public health measures, including encouraging part of their workforce to operate from home, and through virtual platforms as may be appropriate.
Members of the public have been reminded to always wear face masks in public places, spaces, gatherings and when patronising public transport.