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Mnangagwa rallies nation against coronavirus

by Staff reporter
27 Mar 2020 at 06:34hrs | Views
Every Zimbabwean has a role to play in protecting their families and communities against coronavirus, President Mnangagwa has said.

Writing on his Twitter handle, @edmnangagwa, the President reiterated calls for people to observe the highest standards of hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus.

"We all have a role to play in protecting our families and communities against coronavirus. Keep your distance, wash your hands, keep your distance, stay home," President Mnangagwa tweeted.

People, the President said, should wash hands regularly, avoid physical contact including hugging, stay at home unless it is important to travel and maintain social distance of at least two metres.

President Mnangagwa last week declared the pandemic a state of national disaster. In an earlier tweet, he thanked Chinese billionaire Mr Jack Ma for the donations made to fight the deadly virus. Mr Jack donated 20 000 laboratory diagnostic test kits, 100 000 medical face masks and 10 000 protective suits.

"Thank you @Jack Ma for your generous donation of coronavirus testing kits and preventive materials, a true act of friendship that will be crucial to helping us fight the virus. With unity, discipline and cooperation, we can prevail."

Meanwhile, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has called on the Group of 20 most developed countries to set aside a US$100 billion fund for immediate health response, social safety nets and feeding of out-of-school children in African countries affected by coronavirus.

The money would be on top of the US$50 billion already pledged by the G-20.

In a statement, UNECA said: "As a proportion of GDP, this is consistent with measures taken in other regions. To ensure immediate fiscal space and liquidity, this package should include a waiver of all interest payments, estimated at US$44 billion for 2020."

Source - the herald