Mnangagwa declares complete 21-day lockdown beginning 31 March

Zimbabwe has reported 5 confirmed coronavirus instances and one demise, though the opposition and different critics accuse the federal government of understating the figures and of dragging its toes in taking obligatory motion to halt the unfold of the illness.

The 76-year-old president stated the federal government was nonetheless methods to assist the financial system to avert two successive years of recession, after a 6% contraction final yr.

Most Zimbabweans eke out a dwelling hawking items on the road, and a shutdown will depart many with out an earnings or meals, analysts say.

Final week Mnangagwa introduced measures to curb the motion of individuals, nevertheless it has largely been enterprise as regular in Zimbabwe to date, with casual markets and companies remaining open and public transport persevering with to function.

Earlier, a Zimbabwean billionaire supplied well being staff new assist, together with life insurance coverage and money, after nurses and a few medical doctors walked out over an absence of protecting clothes for treating folks affected by the coronavirus.

H.E President ED Mnangagwa’s Tackle on @COVID19 (Fri 27 March 2019) key factors

■ Beginning Mon 30 March 2020 – complete lockdown for 21 days, topic to evaluation, apart from important motion of products, operation of key utilities I.e energy and water

■ Nationwide command component of safety deployed to go with civilian efforts

■ Funerals exempted however numbers needs to be lower than 50

■ Motorists looking for to refuel won’t be allowed to go away automobiles

■ Solely meals stalls might be allowed to function, none meals stalls might be closed

■ Public transport might be stopped apart from ZUPCO and PSC, nevertheless social distancing to be noticed

■ Since data is essential, Min Of Well being and Min of Information directed to work collectively.

● 2019 toll free hotline quantity

■ To expedite testing and diagnostics, centralized at Provincial degree

■ Enterprise Individuals and worldwide companions given thanks

■ The duties at hand are large, all arms on deck. Unity of function, peace, solidarity and compassion inspired

■ Authorities will come down closely on these unscrupulous companies

■ Authorized devices being put in place to cope with and punish those that case alarm and despondency on social media

■ Enterprise inspired to assist workers

■ Act responsibly and take hygiene significantly

Author: Takudzwa Abioye

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