PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said he was under pressure to lift the national lockdown and re-open the country’s ailing economy, but indicated that his priority is to save lives first before the economy.
This comes as the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Zimbabwe has risen to 37, with doctors warning that authorities should forestall a health catastrophe by embarking on mass testing of people and increase surveillance at ports of entry in the wake of rising incidence of coronavirus through local transmission.
Speaking during a presentation of Covid-19 donations by various local companies held at the State House in Harare yesterday, Mnangagwa said the government had studied the World Health Organisation(WHO)’s measures on how to prevent the spread of the deadly Covid-19 and decided to implement a nationwide lockdown as one measure.
“We decided to study the recommendations of the World Health Organisation and we felt some of the recommendations we could adopt them as tools to fight this pandemic. This includes the lockdown. The lockdown means that we are putting the preservation of life as a priority.
“But the opposite of that we are also exposing our fragile economy and the impact of the pandemic in terms of our industry, and our economy being attacked because of the lockdown. We are a country without reserves which depends on what we produce.
“It is critically important that if we preserve life, a day might come where we can say the pandemic is behind us, now let us look at reconstructing our economy,” Mnangagwa said.
Source Daily News