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COVID-19 2nd Wave: Again, Zimbabwe imposes lockdown


Zimbabwe entered into a second lockdown on Tuesday to limit the spread of coronavirus following a surge in new cases.

The restrictions under level 4 lockdown will be in place for the next 30 days. They include a stay-at-home order except movement to access food and medicine.

President Emerson Mnangagwa, in a tweet, has urged people to avoid large gatherings and non-essential travel.

He wrote,

“Zimbabwe is entering a second lockdown to stop the spread of a #COVID19 second wave. “Please, for the sake of your family and loved ones, avoid large gatherings and non-essential travel. “This is the final push – let’s defeat this virus for good.”

Police have mounted checkpoints on major roads leading to the capital, Harare, where only essential service providers are permitted to pass, state-owned newspaper Herald reports.

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Permanent Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana said yesterday that it was necessary to return to more intense measures to contain the spike in infections, state-owned newspaper Herald reports.

“Globally, there was also a new strain in the UK and South Africa as well as new waves of infections in many countries. Our own infection and death rates were rising exponentially and Government took a very proactive decision to contain this before it overwhelmed our health services which are still in recovery mode. The only way to contain these soaring numbers was to take our regime back to Level 4 lockdown,” he said.

Herald reported that police have mounted checkpoints on major roads leading to the capital, Harare.

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The country’s death toll stands at 384.