Public welcomes scrapping of mandatory wearing of masks

MEMBERS of the public have welcomed a move by the Government to scrap off mandatory wearing of masks for fully vaccinated citizens saying the long overdue decision is testimony that the country has managed to contain the deadly virus.

Residents commended the move by the Government saying it will go a long way in retaining normalcy which was disrupted by Covid-19.

“We can finally breathe and enjoy life which has been miserable for the past two years, we are so happy that we will not be wearing masks. Summer is around the corner and we were honestly tired of wearing masks. The move will also help people get vaccinated because we all want a breath to be mask less,” said Senzeni Ncube.

Pertunia Sibanda said the wearing of masks had long been abandoned by many villagers in rural areas adding those in major cities were the only ones who had adhered.

“It is sad to note that some people abandoned the wearing of masks before it was made official which puts them at risk. We are happy that we will not be wearing masks but are worried that people will relax and then we have a stronger variant that will kill us. I think it will be wise for us to remain vigilant until we are declared to be Covid-19 free.”

Addressing a media briefing on Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the decision had been taken due to declining COVID-19 cases in the country.

Zimbabwe has witnessed a gradual decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths since the beginning of the year, resulting in the government relaxing most COVID-19 preventive measures.

Daily cases declined by 46 percent over the past week while no deaths were recorded over the past two days.

“Cabinet resolved that those who have received three doses of the WHO recommended vaccines are exempted from the mandatory wearing of face masks in outdoor public places but should however wear masks in indoor public places and in public transport,” Mutsvangwa said.

She said for evidence, those fully vaccinated should carry their vaccination cards all the time, while urging all provinces in the country to continue intensifying COVID-19 vaccination activities for the nation to achieve herd immunity.

The national Covid-19 coordinator Dr Agnes Mahomva however warned that people should not be off their guard although Covid-19 cases and deaths have been on the decrease the past few months.

She said residents should not be blinded by what is happening in other countries as decisions in Zimbabwe are informed by thorough research and Science.

“Winter is still not yet over and our statistics show that although cases have declined, we are still recording new cases hence we cannot relax. As Zimbabwe we all know what happens when we relax and as long as we have these cases, there is a high chance that they may multiply within a few days and leave us with many infections and deaths we cannot take that chance.”

 She said members of the public must be vigilant in complying with set measures as the country will only take informed decisions guided by Science.

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