By Staff Reporter
As cases of Covid 19 continue to rise in the country, more workers are testing positive to the virus every day, which is seriously affecting production in the industry.
Shurugwi based platinum mining giant Unki Mines is reported to have recorded a total of 237 cases from 26 November 2021, with presently active cases of 223, of which only 40 employees having recovered and returned to work.
UNKI Mines General Manager, Mr. Walter Nemasasi confirmed the outbreak at the mine and said the company was doing consultations to make vaccination of workers mandatory.
“More than 90 percent of our workers are vaccinated and we are withdrawing from work all positive employees and contacts until they are fully recovered.
The company is doing everything in its power to ensure that all WHO COVID 19 guidelines and protocols are followed, to protect workers,” said Nemasasi.
Last week, several private schools resolved to close down because of the suspected Covid 19 variant Omicron which is spreading fast in the country.
Midlands State University (MSU), Midlands Christian School (MCS), and other private schools are now closed.
According to health experts, the increase in cases of Covid 19 in communities are being reportedly caused by the continued opening of public schools, where the virus is spreading fast among pupils, who in turn infect other family members.
The majority of cases in communities are going unrecorded as people are preferring to treat themselves using traditional herbs and anti-bacteria tablets which can be found easily at pharmacies.
The country recorded five deaths and four thousand and thirty-one (4 031) new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday.
There is a steep increase in infections as the country battles the resurgent disease which also detected the new Covid 19 variant Omicron a few days ago.
The country has since placed its response team on high alert monitoring the situation. @mponda1 #The Sun