Over 1 300 civil servants have tested Covid-19 positive since the first case was recorded in the country in March last year, according to statistics supplied by the Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday.

The total number of those who succumbed to the virus was not immediately availed.

The highest number of positive cases were recorded in the Ministry of Health and Child Care where 1 000 workers submitted claims to be paid under Government’s insurance policy covering State employees who have contracted the virus.

The Health Ministry is followed by the Ministry of Lands, Water, Agriculture, Climate and Rural Resettlement which recorded 90 positive cases and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage with 53 cases.

The positive cases are from January 7 this year.

Government has started paying those who caught the virus following its decision last year to insure its employees against Covid-19.

The amounts of money paid under the health insurance cover range from US$650 to US$1 000 paid in local currency at the prevailing official exchange rate.

Under the insurance policy, money is paid after all checks have been done to make sure that only genuine or authentic claims are honoured. Chronicle

Defiant Businesses, Errant Cops Given Stern Warning

Businesses violating Covid-19 mitigatory measures risk losing their licences, while police officers who do not discharge their duties correctly will be punished as the Government activates its systems in response to the deadly pandemic.

Besides losing licences, the business owners will be prosecuted and will have to account for their actions.

Speaking at a media briefing in Harare yesterday, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe warned those involved in illegal activities that they would face the full wrath of the law.

He said patrols had been heightened in suburbs, shopping centres and law enforcement agents would even be checking houses to account for transgressors.

“Police officers will move around all suburbs, shopping centres and even check houses to account for transgressions against Covid-19 regulations and other criminal activities.

“I urge the public to report to any nearest police station, individuals or groups holding parties or musical events or any other gatherings not sanctioned under Covid-19 regulations.

“Organisers of such events will face the wrath of the law and risk losing their licences.” Minister Kazembe said they were concerned with bars, nightclubs, restaurants and other business entities that were operating yet according to Statutory Instrument 10 of 2021, they had been banned from doing so.


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