Zimbabwe to open Victoria Falls to vaccinated tourists

Zimbabwe to open Victoria Falls to vaccinated tourists

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Zimbabwe is planning to open the country’s most popular tourist destination Victoria Falls to vaccinated tourists, according to a senior government official.

“[The] Cabinet acceded to a request by the tourism industry to open the Victoria Falls and Kazungula Border posts to tourists who are fully vaccinated,” Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa told journalists during a post-Cabinet briefing in Harare. 

“This is in view of the realization that over 60% of the population in Victoria Falls has been vaccinated. The lockdown measures, however, are being enforced throughout the country in order to curtail a surge under the third wave of COVID-19.”

Victoria Falls reached herd immunity following a government vaccination blitz in the tourism city. “So, we are very excited to see this happening and it can only show that we are definitely moving in the right direction," Zimbabwe Tourism Authority spokesperson Godfrey Koti was quoted as saying by Voice of America.   

About 1.5 million Zimbabweans out of a population of 14 million have received their first vaccination shot, and nearly 695,000 have received their second inoculation.  

Zimbabwe currently has 101,711 confirmed coronavirus infections and 3,280 deaths.

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