Giving an update on the coronavirus situation in the country, acting Information Minister Jenfan Muswere said it was now evident that there is need for national discipline and self-prudence as the country wages a war against the deadly pandemic.
“We cannot afford to have a lackadaisical approach in this fight as Ladies and Gentlemen, whilst the generality of Zimbabweans have conducted themselves very well, it is quite disturbing that there are individuals who are wantonly disregarding the dictates of the lockdown regulations, thereby unnecessarily putting many lives at risk. This kind of behaviour is deplorable and must be condemned.”
Muswere said some 9 993 people were, for example, arrested for not wearing masks in just one week.
Already, there have been 10 389 new cases this month with 1 017 being recorded today.
The cumulative figure now stands at 24 256.
There were only 13 867 cases since the outbreak in March up to the end of December.
Only 262 people recovered today raising the total to 13 658.
The recovery rate has dropped from 80.6% last week to 56.3%.
There are now 10 009 active cases with 4 599 in Harare, 995 in Manicaland, 876 in Mashonaland East and 673 in Bulawayo.
Bulawayo had 53 new cases today and 62 recoveries and five deaths.
Harare, on the other hand, had 419 new cases, 61 recoveries and 20 deaths. Total deaths for Harare are now 211.
Manicaland had 126 new cases, 52 recoveries and eight deaths.
Globally the number of cases has risen to 92.5 million with 1.99 million deaths, 66.1 million recoveries and 24.4 million active cases.
The United States could surpass 400 000 deaths before President Donald Trump leaves next week.
It already has more than 391 600 deaths.