Remittance Queue Breeding Grounds For COVID-19 | Coronavirus
Remittance queues are a breeding ground for the lethal coronavirus as beneficiaries are not observing social distancing.
Following authorization from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, yesterday most Money Transfer Agencies (MTAs) were back in business and long queues were the order of the day.
The queues, though long were being cleared timeously because banks were open to deal with remittance beneficiaries only and not any other business.
MTAs with their own banking halls were mostly full of a lot of people outside in winding queues.
While beneficiaries had their hands sanitized before entering the premises, most of the people were not observing social distancing in the queues.
MTAs that operate from banks were better in terms of social distancing as people were seen leaving a space of one meter between each other awaiting their turn to collect remittances.
Stewart Mungate, a remittance beneficiary, said they were happy to receive their remittances, but were exercising caution to protect themselves from acquiring the disease.
“Money that my children were sending me had accumulated and I am happy to be able to collect it.
“Money is available and the tellers are trying to be quick to ensure that we don’t spend too much time. We are at risk as some people don’t comply with the regulations of social distancing,” said Mungate.
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