Econet Wireless Zimbabwe to shut all their Econet Shops tomorrow after some of their workers tested positive for Covid-19.
This was announced by Econet on Tuesday afternoon on their social media pages.
Zimbabwe’s largest mobile service provider said its workers who tested positive for covid-19 are in quarantine with contact tracing being done following the Ministry of Health and Child Care protocol.
Econet said all shops will be closed starting Wednesday and will reopen at a date to be announced.
Econet said while its shops are closed for decontamination, customers can use digital alternatives to get services they would otherwise have gotten physically.
iHarare publishes the notice by Econet in its entirety below:NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS
Dear Valued Customer,
We regret to announce that some of our stall members tested positive COVID-19 and are now quarantined. Strict measures around contact tracing and testing have been taken on these cases as guided by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.There has been a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country in recent days and as an organisation, we place our priority in the safety of our staff, customers and the public at large.We therefore wish to inform you that all Econet Shops will be temporarily closed, effective Wednesday July 22. 2020 until further notice. In the interim, we will disinfect and sanitize all shops to make them safe for our staff upon reopening at a date to be announced.We urge our customers to use the following alternative digital channels to access our services during this period:
Students at Chinhoyi University (CUT) are panicking after one of the institution’s lecturers tested positive for Covid-19.
The Herald reports that when it visited the institution yesterday, the students said since the news circulated on social media sometime this week, they are now living in fear of contracting the virus.
Some of the students told the publication that they were considering approaching the institution’s administrators for temporary closure to allow the disinfection of the premises. The unnamed CUT lecturer, allegedly from the School of Business Management, is said to have tested positive in Harare.
Makonde District medical officer, Dr. Paradzai Mudzengerere, confirmed the case was tested in Harare.
He said that they were in the process of engaging the institution’s administration so that they can get permission to do contact tracing of people who were in contact with the unnamed lecturer.
Dr. Mudzengerere said:
The information we got from Harare is that the lecturer was tested in Harare and was found to be positive. Right now, as the Ministry of Health, we are engaging Chinhoyi University to do some contact tracing for people who were in contact with him. Officials from Harare have done contact tracing of some people he was in contact with. We are engaging the university to give us the go ahead to do the contact tracing.
Dr. Mudzengerere said while the issue was worrisome, it was premature to start canvassing for the university’s closure or the suspension of lectures.
He urged students to be vigilant but assured them that the Ministry of Health was on high alert to stop the spread of the disease.
When interviewed by the publication, CUT Vice Chancellor, Professor David Simbi, said the Ministry of Health and Child Care is yet to release official information on the case to the university.
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Accounts belonging to Apple, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos were also hit.
Hackers promoting crypto scams took over a number of high-profile Twitter accounts Wednesday, including Bill Gates, Kanye West and Elon Musk, who has been a frequent target of would-be crypto scammers. Joe Biden’s account was also briefly taken over, as was Barack Obama’s. Accounts belonging to Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Jeff Bezos and a number of other celebrities and public figures were also hit.
The source of the attack wasn’t immediately clear, but the hackers targeted a wide range of influential accounts with the scam, which aimed to trick users into sending Bitcoin to the hackers.
The attacks appeared to be coordinated, with similar messages shared on multiple accounts. Musk’s account later referenced tweets from Gates. “Me and my brother Bill Gates are returning the favor today! Stay safe out there!”
In a statement, Twitter said it was “aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter,” and said the company was “taking steps to fix it.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=karissabe&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1283526400146837511&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.engadget.com%2Fcrypto-scammers-hack-elon-musk-bill-gates-twitter-204011058.html&siteScreenName=engadget&theme=light&widgetsVersion=9066bb2%3A1593540614199&width=550px
Also targeted: accounts belonging to CoinDesk, Binance, Ripple, Gemini, and other figures well-known in the cryptocurrency world, though messages shared there were slightly different. A tweet posted to the account of Ripple promised “2,000 Ripple to random addresses that send over 1,000 Ripple to our Covid-19 Fund.” Other messages on targeted accounts, including Coinbase and Gemini, promoted a fictitious giveaway for “CryptoForHealth.”
Many of the messages were removed soon after being posted, with executives of affected companies tweeting out warnings not to fall for the scams.
Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the hacks. A spokesperson for Gates said the hack “appears to be part of a larger issue Twitter is facing,” in a statement reported byRecode reporter Teddy Schleifer. A Biden spokesperson told Adweek that “Twitter locked down the account immediately following the breach and removed the related tweet.”
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asking for more information about the hacks, including how many accounts were affected and how the hacks occurred. “I am concerned that this event may represent not merely a coordinated set of separate hacking incidents, but rather a successful attack on the security of Twitter itself,” he wrote. “A successful attack on your system’s servers represents a threat to all of your users’ privacy and data security.”
Dorsey later tweeted that it was a “tough day for us at Twitter,” and said the company would provide more information in the future. “We feel terrible this happened,” Dorsey wrote, several hours after the first hacks occurred. “We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.”
Update 7/15 9:30pm ET: Updated to include comments from Senator Josh Hawley and Jack Dorsey.
President Trump is venturing onto increasingly shaky legal ground as officials reject new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, sidestepping a Supreme Court ruling reinstating DACA, legal experts and lawmakers say.
The court ruled last month that the Trump administration hadn’t followed federal procedural law or justified terminating DACA in 2017, calling the rescission “arbitrary and capricious.”
The court did not decide on Trump’s executive authority to rescind DACA, and offered the administration a road map for how to try to end it for good.
But despite threatening another attempt to shut down the program, the president hasn’t tried. Monday — 25 days after the ruling — was the deadline for the administration to file for a rehearing, and it didn’t.
But neither have officials moved to restore the program.
In 2017, then-Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions declared that DACA was unconstitutional. Lower courts issued orders that kept the program in place while the Trump administration appealed to the Supreme Court. The administration was then required to renew existing DACA cases, but has blocked tens of thousands from applying for DACA for the first time who became eligible when they turned 15.
In the wake of the court’s ruling in June, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency — which administers DACA — is still rejecting first-time applications, or is confirming receipt of the new applications but then not acting on them, according to lawyers.
Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer, associate clinical professor at Cornell Law School and an immigration attorney, said USCIS is sending these new applicants notices saying the agency is “not accepting initial filings.”
Meanwhile, other USCIS employees say they’ve received no guidance on the Supreme Court ruling or new DACA applications. The agency did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.
The White House’s refusal to either act or restart the program sets up a potential showdown with the court with little precedent, says Muneer Ahmad, clinical professor at Yale Law School, who was involved in a New York-based DACA suit against the administration.
“The longer the administration refuses to accept and adjudicate new applications and declines to issue a new rescission order,” said Ahmad, “the more of a legal concern that becomes.”
The White House declined to respond to requests for comment Thursday, and the Justice Department did not immediately respond.
Immediately after the court ruled, Trump and his officials rejected the decision as “politically charged.”
“The Supreme Court asked us to resubmit on DACA, nothing was lost or won,” Trump tweeted, trying to reframe the high-profile defeat on immigration, his signature campaign issue.
The administration’s refusal to process first-timeDACA applications, advocates and lawmakers say, flies in the face of widespread legal opinion — including from Trump’s supporters and former officials — that slow-rolling the restart of the program violates the court’s order.
On Tuesday, Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Dick Durbin of Illinois, as well as 31 other senators, wrote to the acting Homeland Security secretary demanding the department “immediately comply” with the court’s ruling and “fully reinstate DACA protections, as the Court’s decision unequivocally requires.”
The administration has eschewed traditional policymaking and repeatedly sought to end-run Congress with immigration orders. Yet the president’s comments in recent days have only added to the confusion.
Last Friday in an interview with Telemundo, he contradicted himself, saying he would be issuing an executive order on DACA, then saying instead he would sign a bill that would “give [Dreamers] a road to citizenship.” The White House followed up with a statement saying Trump supports a legislative solution for DACA, potentially including citizenship, but not “amnesty.”
Then on Tuesday in a Rose Garden news conference, Trump said he’s working on DACA “because we want to make people happy.”
“We’ll be taking care of people from DACA in a very Republican way,” he said. “I’ve spoken to many Republicans, and some would like to leave it out, but, really, they understand that it’s the right thing to do.”
Yet, in a statement published the day after the Supreme Court ruling, the USCIS deputy director for policy, Joseph Edlow, said that the decision “merely delays the President’s lawful ability to end the illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty program.”
In early July, Democratic senators wrote to Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy Homeland Security secretary, demanding that USCIS take down the statement from its website, including the “egregiously false claim” that the Supreme Court ruling “has no basis in law” which they wrote “can only be read as a threat that USCIS will not comply with the Court’s order.” Cuccinelli has not responded, said Maria McElwain, a spokeswoman for Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), one of the letter’s authors. The statement remains on the agency’s site.
“We should not need to tell you that defying the Supreme Court is completely unacceptable,” the senators wrote.
Only a few cases come close. President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus to try to foil a potential takeover of Maryland’s government by Confederates, and when Chief Justice Roger B. Taney ruled that only Congress could suspend the writ, Lincoln defied the court, scholars say (others dispute that reading.)