The Zimbabwean government has tightened the Covid-19 Lockdown and decided that only civil servants providing essential services should now report for work.
Speaking after a meeting of the national COVID-19 task force on Monday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Service Minister Monica Mutsvangwa also said that the Chinhoyi University of Technology should close after a lecturer tested positive for coronavirus. Said Mutsvangwa:
The taskforce directed that only those civil servants who were approved by the Public Service Commission to provide essential service should report for work, with the rest remaining in lockdown.
The task force also received a presentation on the distribution of local positive cases across the country, which cannot be linked to an identifiable source.
While these positive cases are dotted throughout the country, they are mostly concentrated in Bulawayo and Harare.
… Following the recorded infection at the Chinhoyi University of Technology and in line with the guidelines for the re-opening of universities and colleges, the taskforce resolved that the said institution undertake all necessary and sensible steps to close.
The country has recorded 1 713 coronavirus cases with 26 deaths and the number of local transmissions has been growing.
The total number now confirmed to have been infected within Zimbabwe is 872, with those returning residents being found positive while in quarantine numbering 841.
Bulawayo is still the worst-hit province and city, with 490 of the local infections and 12 of the deaths, with Harare on 212 local infections and eight deaths.
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National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi also said security service presence at checkpoints and in residential areas will be beefed up countrywide for more effective enforcement of the law.
Nyathi added that security services will routinely review their lockdown enforcement activities, which was mainly based on the conduct of the public. He said:
The security services in the country, including the police and the army, strongly warn the public of tightened lockdown regulations with immediate effect. People are becoming complacent.
Just yesterday we arrested 1 478 people for violating Covid-19 lockdown regulations and most of these arrests include people who are walking aimlessly, failure to wear a mask in public, the opening of unlicensed shops and shebeens among other offences.
House parties continue to be a problem and people are drinking from bars and they close themselves inside and drink.
… Because of these increased violations of the Covid-19 regulations, we, therefore, notify the public that only those with exemption letters will be allowed into the central business district with immediate effect.
Those in residential areas must only move when they have business to attend to and go back home.
We have noted the increasing cases of Covid-19 and fatalities, and the increasing number of people escaping from quarantine centres.
We, therefore, shall enforce tightened lockdown measures for the safety of the public.