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Covid-19: extension of lockdown in Zimbabwe ‘to save lives’

After the 30 days lockdown which has started on January 5, Zimbabwean authorities have extended the lockdown by another two weeks, until 15 February in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, who is acting health minister, made the announcement on national television:

“The president fully appreciates the difficulties that come with this extension, livelihoods are being disrupted yet we must save lives and our nation.”

A 30-day level-four lockdown began on 5 January, following a surge in infections over the festive season.

Only essential services, including hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets are being allowed to operate. Restrictions include a stay-at-home order, a curfew and a ban on the sale of alcohol.

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Let’s note that the country so far has recorded a total of 32,646 cases, 24,419 recovered and 1,160 deaths.

Last week, two cabinet ministers died after contracting coronavirus.

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