Zimbabwe Declares A Curfew After Spike in COVID-19 Infections
Starting Wednesday, non-working people to stay home and 12-hour curfew to come into effect following a rise in cases.
The government of Zimbabwe has announced a dusk-to-dawn COVID-19 curfew as it reinstates strict
measures to curb the spread of the disease following a recent spike in confirmed coronavirus infections.
Starting Wednesday, security forces will enforce a curfew between 6 pm and 6 am local time. All non-working people will be required to stay at home,
except to buy groceries and seek medical attention. Business hours will be limited to 8 am to 3 pm,
apart from those performing essential services.
“We can no longer be complacent and that requires urgent and decisive measures,” President Emmerson Mnangagwa
said on Tuesday during an address to the nation.
He said anyone who encouraged actions that undermine the government’s measures “will be liable and severely
Zimbabwe, whose healthcare system has been struggling from years of neglect, has recorded 1,820 coronavirus cases,
a fairly small number compared with other countries.
Over the past week, however, infections rose by nearly a third and the number of deaths increased from 18 to 26.