Zimbabwe extends lock down by two weeks


Zimbabwe has today extended the national Level 4 lock down by two weeks but has relaxed the dsusk-to-dawn curfew and business hours.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said businesses will now open from 8am to 5pm and the curfew will operate from 8pm to 5.30 am.

Schools remain closed and public gatherings are still prohibited.

Mnangagwa said he was extending the lockdown because the number of new cases and deaths were still too high.

Zimbabwe has recoded 1 037 deaths in the past six weeks as opposed to 363 in from March to December last year.

There were also 21 305 new cases since the beginning of this year.  There were 13 867 cases from March to December last year.

South Africa opened its borders but Zimbabwe doctors urged the country not to open borders to prevent the South African strain from coming into the country.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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