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Zimbabwe extends lock down indefinitely


STAFF REPORTER


President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended the country’s coronavirus inspired lock down indefinitely as part of efforts to further strengthen the response to the deadly virus.


To date, Zimbabwe has 42 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, including four deaths and 13 recoveries.


In an address to the nation on Saturday, Mnangagwa said he will keep it in place indefinitely. But, will have regular two week interval reviews.


“The outbreak is not over.And our country still has gaps. Therefore, Zimbabwe will continue on level 2 lock down for indefinite period,”Mnangagwa said.


He added: “We shall have regular two week interval reviews to assess progress or lack of it.”
Mnangagwa relaxed operating times for business. They are now allowed to open between 8am to 4pm.


Schools will remain closed but a phased out reopening starting with examination classes will be carried out.


Social distancing and wearing of masks remains mandatory. Commuter omnibus, Mnangagwa said will remain banned, meaning only ZUPCO and those contracted by it will be allowed to operate. Bars and gyms remain closed.

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