Govt opens up Victoria Falls to vaccinated foreign tourists
Government has approved the re-opening of Victoria Falls to vaccinated foreign tourists accessing the resort city through Victoria Falls and Kazungula bridges.
This was revealed by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare Tuesday.
Zimbabwe is in the middle of a tough lockdown period that has seen land borders remain closed while citizens have also been restricted to shorter business hours and a longer night curfew.
Said minister Mutsvangwa, “Cabinet acceded to a request by the tourism industry to open the Victoria Falls and Kazungula Border Posts to tourists who are fully vaccinated.
“This is in view of the realisation that over 60% of the population in Victoria Falls has been vaccinated.”
The decision top open up the resort city for tourism benefits foreigners as local are still barred from intercity travel as part of the country’s Level Four lockdown measures.
Just like in every other sector, Zimbabwean tourism has been affected by the country’s prolonged lockdown that was introduced last year to try and curtail surging cases of the pandemic.
Victoria Falls, the first to record a case of Covid-19 in the country March last year, remains a strategic resort area that has seen recent visits from high profile individuals, among them American celebrities.
Meanwhile, parents have been urged to complement government efforts in providing Personal Protective Equipment, sanitisers and other essential requirements for learners ahead of the much anticipated schools reopening on a date yet to be announced.
The country battles a third wave of the pandemic that has seen galloping cases of the dreaded disease with daily fatalities hovering in their dozens.
According to government, as of 26 July 2021, Zimbabwe’s cumulative Covid-19 cases stood at 99 944, with 67 827 recoveries and 3 173 deaths.
The recovery rate stood at 67%, with 98% of cases being attributed to local transmission. Active cases were 28 944.
Cabinet was informed that the number of infections decreased slightly, with a total of 14 275 cases being recorded during the week under review, compared to the 21 346 cases recorded the previous week.
This reflected a 49.5% decrease, as the country’s efforts to contain the pandemic showed a high level of effectiveness.
In her address, Mutsvangwa said the country’s Level 4 lockdown measures shall remain in force.