Zimbabwe returns to strict lockdown amid virus surge

STAFF WRITER

Zimbabwe government has announced strict lockdown measures in the face of rising COVID-19 cases.

The new measures were announced by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga,who is also Minister of Health and Child Care.

He said gatherings such as weddings, churches, restaurants and gyms are banned for 30 days as part of efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

Formal and informal businesses will be suspended from Tuesday next week while essetial servives, such as hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets are to remain open.

Essential services will operate from 8 am – 3 pm.

The curfew will start at 6pm and end at 6am.

People will only be allowed to go out of their homes to buy food or get medical treatment.

Mining, manufacturing and agriculture will operate as before. Tourist facilities and national parks will also operate as before subject to health precautions.

Inter-city transport services are restricted only to essential services and cross border trading has been suspended.

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