Zimbabwe back on lockdown as Covid-19 cases surge

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ZTN Correspondent

Zimbabwe has moved back into lockdown following a spike in Covid-19 cases which now top 14 000-plus. Over 300 deaths have also been recorded. The lockdown comes into force on January 5.

Vice-President and Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga on Saturday announced a curfew from 6pm to 6am.

Businesses such as supermarkets and other essential services will run from 8am to 3pm.

Below are highlights of the lockdown regulations:

• Only essential services to remain open.

• Gatherings of not more than 30 people at funerals.

• Weddings, funerals, gyms, restaurants, bars banned for 30 days.

• Correct wearing of face masks, social distancing, hand sanitisation and temperature checks to be strictly enforced. Offenders will be prosecuted

• Commercial services such as mining, manufacturing and agriculture to operate as before.

• Business will operate from 8am to close at 3pm.

• People must stay at home save for buying food or medicines or transporting sick relatives to health facilities.

• Curfew 6pm to 6am.

• Air transport to continue as before with travellers required to provide Covid-19 certificates.

• Formal business and registered informal traders suspended for 30 days.

• Only examination classes will open as scheduled on 5 January

• Facilities and national parks to operate subject to usual health conditions.

• Cross border traders banned save for commercial and transit cargo for essential and critical services

• Restaurants and bars closed for 30 days