Gatherings and non-essential businesses closed as Zimbabwe extends nationwide curfew

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FILE PHOTO: A person checks a policeman's temperature during a nationwide lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Gatherings and non-essential businesses closed as Zimbabwe extends nationwide curfew.

Zimbabwe Government has extended lockdown nationwide as gatherings and ordered non-essential businesses closed for a month on Saturday in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also health minister, disclosed that, some of the tighter restrictions were effective immediately and included a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and a ban on inter-city travel.

During a news conference Chiwenga reported that “People must stay at home save for buying food and medicines or transporting sick relatives.

he also added that, the country had recorded 1,342 cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths in one week.

“Only essential services are to remain open such as hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets, with only essential staff allowed to come to work,” Chiwenga said, adding such services would have reduced hours and be subject to the night curfew.

Chiwenga said air travel was still allowed, with arrivals and returning residents being required to present certificates showing themselves to be free of COVID-19.

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