Covid-19: Zimbabwe reimposes nationwide lockdown

The government of Zimbabwe has reimposed a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

There has been a surge in cases in the past weeks and the government hopes the latest move will contain the spread.

Only essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets will be exempted from the lockdown to be operational for the next 30 days.

Vice President and Health minister Constantino Chiwenga told reporters there the lockdown has become necessary due to the huge spike in cases over the festive season.

According to the government, the number of cases recorded over the festive season almost doubled from infections recorded so far this year.

Per the new lockdown measures, gatherings have been reduced to a maximum of 30 people and a curfew is in place from 6pm to 6am.

Covid 19 cases doubled in two months from 8374 at the start of November, to 14084 now.

A total of 369 virus-related deaths have also been record in the country since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Zimbabwe first announced a nationwide in March at the peak of the outbreak in Africa.

The lockdown had devastating impact on citizens amid economic crisis


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