Zimbabwe Goes Back Under Hard Lockdown as Covid-19 Surges

The government has imposed a 30-day strict national lockdown following a surge in Covid-19 cases. The measures include a dawn-to-dusk curfew and tight restrictions on inter-provincial travel. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the health minister, said restaurants, bars, gyms and liquor stores won't be allowed to operate and church services and weddings can't take place either. Funerals are still permitted, but with no more than 30 people. Chiwenga said air travel is still allowed, with arrivals and returning residents being required to present certificates showing themselves to be free of Covid-19. The government first introduced a tough lockdown in March but had gradually eased the restrictions. It currently has over 14,084 cases and 369 Covid-19 deaths.


A deserted Mupedzanhamo Market in Mbare (file photo).

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