Coronavirus: Lockdown Extended By Two Weeks In Zimbabwe, The Country Has recorded 25 cases of the Coronavirus, 2 Recovered and 3 Deaths. According to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, It has been a very hard decision that my government has to take reluctantly,” he said in a televised address to the nation.
The lockdown has left many citizens without an income as the country is struggling with the worst economic crisis in a decade, marked by shortages of foreign exchange, food and medicines. The Country has not met WHO conditions to lift the measure. President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Sunday that the country had not yet met conditions set down by the World Health Organization (WHO) to lift the measure, imposed on March 20. He also expressed fears that many infections could be going undetected due to limited testing. A lack of critical medical equipment and infrastructure shortages complicates the challenging situation, as years of underfunding and economic challenges have brought the country’s health sector to its knees. Mnangagwa said the government would allow mining companies, the country’s top foreign currency earner, to resume full operations while manufacturers would work at limited capacity. Mining companies operating in Zimbabwe include local operations of Impala Platinum Holdings and Anglo American Platinum.