By Mercy Mungoriwo
An upsurge of Covid-19 infections in the country has sent the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) into shutting down all its offices countrywide.
This will be for a period of 14 days.
ZEC follows another bold act by State entity, TelOne, which has sent all its unvaccinated employees on forced leave.
“It is hereby notified for the general public that all Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices across the country will temporarily close for 14 days from July 26, 2021 to August 8, 2021; in response to rising Covid-19 cases countrywide…The Commission encourages its stakeholders to observe the national Covid-19 guidelines, World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and ZEC Covid-19 policy during the break.,” reads the statement by chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba.
So far the Zimbabwe government has reduced its workforce to 25 percent in a bid to contain the spread of the dreaded virus while private companies have directed 60 percent of their employees to work from home.
In the last 14 days Zimbabwe recorded 32 613 confirmed cases.
As at July 22, 2021 a total of 2 870 deaths were recorded since the first case was detected.
To date 2 017 101 people have been vaccinated in the country. Nhau/Indaba