Due to the marked increase in the recorded number of daily new cases of COVID-19 coupled with the new Omicron variant, the Government has tightened lockdown measures as well as extended the Level Two lockdown by a further two weeks.
Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa during the 43rd post-Cabinet media briefing announced that Cabinet advised that all Government departments will stop face to face meetings and conduct critical meetings virtually. Said Mutsvangwa:
All government departments will stop face-to-face meetings. All remaining end-of-year planning and other such critical meetings shall be held virtually.
The Information Minister said communities were being urged to remain vigilant and to continue adhering to COVID-19 prevention measures and that the lockdown at Level Two would be extended for another two weeks. She added:
Communities at all levels are urged to remain vigilant and to continue adhering to COVID-19 prevention measures. COVID-19 lockdown measures have been extended by another two weeks.
As of 14 December 2021, the country had 177 690 confirmed cases, including 130 279 recoveries and 4 745 deaths. To date, a total of 3 980 917 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19.