Tendai Mapfumo, H-Metro Reporter
Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) president Denford Mutashu has applauded Government for imposing new measures to curtail the spread of Covid-19.
The CZR leader was in support in support of Government’s move to combat the rise in Covid-19 positive cases.
In a statement, Mutashu acknowledged the new measures of the stiff lockdown announced on Saturday.
“As Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR), we applaud the Government for stepping in by invoking tough measures to stop a looming catastrophe amid rising cases of Covid-19.
“We are in an extraordinary situation which calls for extraordinary measures and discarding the business as usual approach, therefore, we should adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.
“The measures are necessary to save lives, H. E President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on record as saying it is better to save lives than the economy as the economy can die and it can be resuscitated now or in future.
“President Mnangagwa has in the past said he has never seen “a conference where people are discussing how to resuscitate the dead,” said Mutashu.
CZR called upon its members to adhere to the new measures which mean opening and closing shops within the set timelines.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care has reported 774 new positive cases of COVID-19 and three deaths as of January 3 January in country.
This brings the cumulative number since March last year up to over 15,000.
The new Covid-19 cases have seen the country’s positivity rate increasing to 23 percent, Harare leads with 4 631 cases and 164 deaths followed by Bulawayo with 3 561 confirmed cases and 98 deaths.
Last week, the Government postponed the opening of schools which was planned for Monday January 4 due to an increase in coronavirus infections.