The president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced a total lockdown in the country starting 30 March 2020. The lockdown will be for a period of 21 Days.
The announcement followed the confirmation of 2 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total to 5.
Zimbabwe’s total lockdown is similar to that by South Africa announced earlier in the week.
The announcement was made on the evening of Friday 27 March 2020.
The Lockdown entails the following:
- All citizens required to stay at home except in respect of essential movements related to seeking health services, purchase and procurement of food and medicines and for other essential supplies and critical services.
- The following people are exempt: Works manning essential services – health, emergency, security, operational key utilities like power and water.
- Unrestricted movement allowed for civil servants on duty, heads of ministries, COVID-19 taskforce.
- Security services to be deployed to ensure compliance.
- Funerals exempted but numbers should be less than 50.
- Visits to hospitals and clinics remain 1 visitor per patient per day.
- Motorists seeking to refuel will not be allowed to leave vehicles.
- Only food-related markets will be allowed to operate under the watch of health personnel. Those trading in non-food items (mupedzanhamo and others) will be closed. security forces may be deployed to enforce.
- All public transport services will be suspended and only ZUPCO and Public Service Commission buses will be exempted. Social distancing will be required on these buses.
- Government to decentralise COVID 19 testing service to provincial hubs throughout the country to expedite diagnosis.
Watch the announcement below: