City of Harare orders staff to work from home

March 26, 2020

FELIX MBONDERI

The City of Harare is taking precautions to decongest workplaces as advised by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and says its staff will now work from home save for critical workers.

The City advised that the changes are effective Thursday, 26th March 2020, and will continue indefinitely subject to the developments in future as the nation grapples with what looks set to be a pandemic of huge proportion.

“Council with effect from Thursday 26 March decongest workstations. Critical service delivery employees to report for duty. Some management staffers will work from home.

“Support staff given special leave. District offices remain open with skeletal staff until further notice,” said the City of Harare in a statement.

Other large organizations have since announced similar procedures of operation, while banks have also had to shut down branches across the country to curtail the spread of the pandemic.

The City of Harare recently entered into a partnership with Econet Wireless in conducting a disinfection exercise in public areas as a way of combatting the deadly virus.

By Wednesday midday (GMT + 2), coronavirus had infected over 428,000 people across the world, with 19,100 deaths.

About 109,000 have recovered from the infections, while the rest are still ill. Zimbabwe currently has three confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but cases are expected to rise as some who were exposed are yet to be tested or to realize they are at risk.

Zororo Makamba became the first casualty after he succumbed to complications arising from a previous heart condition, coupled with the effect of a coronavirus infection he probably picked from the United States.

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