Surge in COVID cases stalls biometric registration process
A directive by the Public Service Commission (PSC) for all pensioners to obtain plastic Identification Cards (IDs) has been postponed, barely, three days after the Government department demanded that for security purposes all former workers are to acquire up-to-date biometric plastic IDs in place of the metal ones.
Announcing the postponement, a press statement from the PSC read, “The planned biometric registration process has been temporarily put on hold. This follows a significant surge in COVID- 19 cases.”
The move to shelve the biometric IDs issuance for pensioners came amid ever rising COVID- 19 cases and deaths, which raised questions pertaining the timing of the exercise. Also last month, the registrar general had suspended issuance of the same kind of IDs to examination students citing lack of production materials.
A ban on all intercity travels has been banned, minus essential services, which meant a huge portion of pensioners who stay in the rural areas were to be disadvantaged since they could not enter towns, cities and growth points, where offices of the registrar general are situated.
Studies have shown that elderly people are vulnerable to the Coronavirus in comparison to the younger and more active generation.
Zimbabwe is in a limbo, as vaccination numbers are rising at a commendable rate, with infections also increasing due to the Delta variant, as well as the winter season.
The Coronavirus is said to thrive most in cold conditions.
With the country still under Level 4 that came with travel restrictions, reduced working hours and most recently, reduced number of workers at government offices, the exercise to have all pensioners getting new IDs by the PSC would have been futile.