The modified phase reopening will further allow us to increase surveillance including early detection, testing, isolation, contact tracing, treatment and care with focus on high risk populations.”
Level 2 put in place further restrictions and precautions which businesses have to heed after being given the greenlight to reopen.
Closing hours for shops have however been extended from 3pm to 4.30pm.
The phase, announced two weeks ago when Mnangagwa further extended the lockdown period, makes it illegal for anyone to walk around in a public place without a face mask.
Mnangagwa’s restrictions have been questioned by civil society groups which feel there were not enough safety nets for ordinary citizens and informal traders who lost their only means of survival when the country imposed its lockdown end of March.
Their pleas have however not been addressed.
Added Mnangagwa: “Government noted with satisfaction the continued positive impact of the lockdown measures our country has implemented since 30 March, to date. Initial estimates indicated that by 29th April, Zimbabwe would have about 1 000 confirmed cases of Covid-19.”
Zimbabwe has recorded 42 cases of the pandemic, among them, four deaths and 13 recoveries.