Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
RESIDENTS of Chinhoyi have welcomed the Covid-19 Level Four lockdown extension saying it was good for the nation to contain the third wave.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa announced the two weeks’ extension in a statement on Tuesday.
She said although there has been a notable decrease in the number of the novel coronavirus infections and deaths, more efforts were required to contain the third wave.
Lovemore Zuze a welder said the extension was welcome as a mitigation to stem the third wave.
Zuze said although people are living in difficult times because of the new normal, it was very imperative to prioritise the nation’s health through the extension to afford the citizenry an opportunity to get vaccinated.
“Some people might take the extension from a different angle but it is very important to safeguard the nation’s health through lockdown regulations,” said Zuze.
“This is also an opportunity for those yet to embrace the government’s vaccination programme to use the extension period to be vaccinated.”
He said the scourge was real and there was need to practice social distancing, washing of hands, sanitising and masking up to contain the pandemic.
Susan Moffat concurred with Zuze and said the government had played its part by purchasing and availing vaccines for the roll out program.
She said it is high time for everyone to get vaccinated.
“I subscribe to the extension. It’s good for the nation. Let us get vaccinated. We don’t want to be found wanting,” said Moffat.
Nyarai Madzorera said she got vaccinated after losing some relatives to the pandemic.
“Kana denda risati ratora vadikani vedu, kuzvidzivirira kunoita kunge dambe. Chirwere ichi chatodzika midzi muupenyu hwedu,” said Madzorera.
A senior citizen who requested to be anonymous applauded the government for its sterling efforts in taming the scourge through lockdown measures which are meant to protect the nation.
“This is a clear signal and intention from the government that it prioritises the health of its citizenry,” he said.