President Mnangagwa extends Zimbabwe lockdown
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced the extension to the initial 21 days of lockdown against the spread of the coronavirus by a further two weeks WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
The President had previously said that if it ever came to decide between saving the economy and saving lives, he would rather save lives because the economy can always be rebuilt on another day.
In a live address to the nation on Sunday afternoon, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe is yet to meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) conditions for the lifting of the lockdown.
In addition, he said the infection curve is yet to flatten, while there is also an increased risk of further infections arising from citizens returning from countries highly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of the foregoing, the President announced that the initial 21-day lockdown is extended WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT by a further two weeks.
This means that provisionally, the lockdown extends until the third of May, 2020.
Zimbabwe currently has 25 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including three deaths.