President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has extended the Covid-19 national lockdown by two more weeks. Addressing Zimbabweans, His Excellency said:
“Since the implementation of the current lockdown which ends midnight today, we have witnessed a marked decrease in the number of Covid-19 infections and deaths. I thank you all for observing fundamental lockdown measures. As I address you, this morning we received the first vaccine consignment from China. Let me again thank the Chinese government for this gesture of great humanity. I am happy that the second consignment of vaccines procured from China will be received in a few weeks time. Vaccines from Russia, India and the UK are also on the way.
“That should see our pace of vaccinating, willing Zimbabweans increase in tempo. Thus bringing us nearer to herd immunity. The ultimate goal is the return to our normal lives, for our children to go back to school, for us to collectively work towards growing our economy towards Vision 2030.
“The following are the current measures. Staying at home, correct wearing of masks, use of sanitisers, keeping physical distance, restriction on informal sector activities.
Every life lost, is a big loss to us. I therefore extend the national lockdown by two weeks. This will see the reduction of active cases and monitoring of cases in incubation. The new measures will operate as follows; Businesses should operate from 08:00-17:00. No intercity and interprovincial commuting. Funeral gatherings remain pegged at 30
“All social gatherings banned. Essential services to remain functional. Government office capacity to increase from 10 percent to 25 percent.
“Curfew 2000hrs to 0500hrs. Schools remain closed during the extension. Informal sector can only resume operations after satisfying WHO guidelines. Judiciary to only deal with urgent matters and no one is allowed in the gallery