The government says a total of 135 477 886 kgs of tobacco, valued at US$366 535 787 had been traded by 3 June 2021.

Speaking during a post cabinet briefing, Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa said during the same time last year, 104 629 191 kgs, worth US$245 555 772 had been sold.

Meanwhile, she said cabinet has approved that the Lockdown in Kwekwe be extended by a further two weeks.

Mutsvangwa said this comes in the wake of a surge in positive cases in the city.

“The Indian variant has been detected in some of the new cases,” she noted.

The use of schools for holiday lessons during the 3-week break has been banned.

It is envisaged that the ban will allow thorough cleaning and disinfection of the school environment, reducing the spread of Covid19.

Learning will continue on alternative platforms.