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Zimbabwe: Employers given 14 days to have workers tested

Christian Fernsby |
All employers of reopened businesses have 14 days from today to have themselves and their staff screened and tested for coronavirus, in terms of an amendment to the lockdown regulations gazetted yesterday that implement Tuesday's Zimbabwe Government policy of allowing testing to be postponed.

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Topics: ZIMBABWE   

The Health Ministry will arrange the times and places for testing if contacted by employers.

The testing was postponed after most employers reported at the beginning of the week that there were problems in finding test kits or arranging testing, hence the more central role the Government is now taking to help arrange tests.

The amendment, in Statutory Instrument 102, the seventh amendment to the original lockdown regulations, and issued by Minister of Health and Child Care Obidiah Moyo, states that the tests must use the rapid results diagnostic test or any other test approved by the minister.

The regulations assume that businesses open from today, although the 14-day clock starts from a later re-opening date if a business can prove to an enforcement officer that they did open.

Employers may arrange, said the amendment, with enforcement officers for the testing to take place at an agreed time at the workplace or at any other agreed place, and to make these arrangements they may contact the Ministry of Health Call Centre or the Ministry of Information Call Centre;

The Health Minister can also order retesting done at intervals of not less than 30 days.

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