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Lockdown continues, Kombis stay out, says Mnangagwa

By Staff Writer

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the lockdown which is meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 will continue indefinitely while government will be monitoring progress.

Most Zimbabweans especially those in the informal sector whose lives have been literally put on halt had hoped government will remove the restrictions so that they can go back to their ventures.

READ: LOCKDOWN IS NOT PUNISHMENT SAYS MNANGAGWA

A fortnight ago, President Mnangagwa created some sense of hope when eased the lockdown restrictions by allowing most of the formal businesses to resume operations but under strict guidelines.

However following a rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country in the past week from 37 to 42, Mnangagwa said it was necessary to maintain the “level 2” lockdown status.

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“Zimbabwe will therefore continue on the Level 2 lockdown for an indefinite period. We shall have regular two week interval reviews to assess progress or lack of it,” Mnangagwa said today at Statehouse.

“This should give us more time to strengthen the prevention and case management approaches for various risk populations.”

The President added that all businesses and industries seeking to reopen must follow laid down measures such as observing social distancing, hand sanitisation and temperature checks at places of employment.

With regards to opening the informal sector which is said to be the source of employment for about 90% of the country’s population, Mnangagwa said they are still consulting.

According to Mnangagwa private kombis remain banned and only public transport operator Zupco and commuter omnibuses contracted by the state would operate during this period. Get all COVID-19 statistics for Zimbabwe from COVID-TRACKER

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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