Zimbabwean authorities on Tuesday ordered all civil servants to compulsorily take Covid-19 vaccine in order to rein the virus from spreading.
The number of workers reporting for duty have also been reduced in order to stem a rise in local transmission.
“All civil servants should be vaccinated,” Monica Mutsvangwa, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Information disclosed after a weekly cabinet meeting.
According to tweets posted on her ministry’s account, only 25 per cent of government workers were required to physically report to work while Courts will only open for urgent cases.
A day earlier, a government circular directed all ministries to reduce the number of staff coming to work from “40 percent to 10 percent”.
The limited staff numbers to report did not include health workers and and other critical service providers.
There has been a high rise in Covid-19 cases in Zimbabwe over the past two months, fuelled mainly by the Delta variant.
Over the past one week, Covid-19 cases increased from around 8,000 to more than 21,000 and the virus has so far claimed at least 2,697 lives and infected nearly 86,000 people in the country.
Over 1 million out of Zimbabwe’s 14.8 million people have received a first jab, while over 640,000 have had their second jab.
The country, therefore, has imposed a number of measures to reduce the spread of the pandemic.