Zimbabwe records 564 new coronavirus cases as police warn they will arrest lockdown violators


Zimbabwe today recorded 564 new coronavirus cases, 299 of them in Harare alone, raising the number of cases for this month alone to 1 962. The cumulative figure is now 15 829.

There were four deaths bringing the death toll up to 384. Twenty-one people have died so far this month.

There were 142 recoveries, 50 in Mashonaland East and 49 in Mashonaland West. So far 11 716 people have recovered from the virus.

The number of active cases has, however, risen to 3 729 with 1 612 in Harare, 471 in Matebeleland South and 407 in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe announced a 30-day stricter lockdown on Saturday and police have warned that from tomorrow they will be arresting anyone found without a mask or not keeping to social distancing.

Only those employed in essential service sectors will be allowed to travel but they need exemption letters from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

People are still allowed to go and buy food and medicines.

The police are so serious that they arrested a bus driver and his conductor for not testing and sanitising their passengers.

Four senior police officers were also suspended over the way they handled a music bash in Mbare on 31 December.

Those suspended pending disciplinary action were Superintendent Innocent Makumbe,  the officer-in- charge of Matapi Inspector  Garikai Jiyane, the duty officer Inspector Nyarai Gunhe and assistant inspector Vengai Mupamhanga.

Coronavirus continues to ravage the globe with cases now at 85.9 million. The United States alone has 21.2 million cases and 360 790 deaths.

Some 1.86 million people have died, 60.7 million have recovered but there are still 23.3 million active cases.

South Africa has recorded 1.11 million cases, 30 011 deaths and has 171 765 active cases.


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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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