Govt lifts mandatory PCR requirement for fully vaccinated travellers

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Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa

BY MIRIAM MANGWAYA
GOVERNMENT has further relaxed COVID-19 restrictions and lifted the mandatory requirement of negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from travellers entering the country, as COVID-19 cases are going down.

Returning residents and visitors are now required to present a valid vaccination certificate showing they are fully vaccinated.

Addressing a post-Cabinet media briefing on Tuesday, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said a negative PCR test is only required on unvaccinated travellers.

Previously, returning residents and visitors were required to present a negative PCR test before they were allowed entry.

“Cabinet has resolved that returning residents and visitors are no longer required to present a negative PCR certificate on arrival at ports of entry,” Mutsvangwa said.

“Only a valid vaccination certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with any one of the WHO-approved vaccines will suffice. This is in recognition of the declining COVID-19 new cases, most of which are now very mild or have no symptoms and increasing vaccination coverage. A negative PCR certificate will only be a requirement if the returning resident or visitor is not fully vaccinated. Government wishes to remind all citizens that COVID-19 is still with us and is, therefore, appealing to all Zimbabweans to continue adhering to the laid down World Health Organisation protocols at all times.”

According to statistics from the Health ministry, as of March 28, the country recorded 122 new COVID-19 cases and no person succumbed to the virus. Statistics also show that the seven day rolling average fell from 190 on March 27 to 188 on March 28.