Zimbabwe tightens virus lockdown reinforcement as cases spike

A policeman washes his hands as he enters a sanitizing booth during a nationwide lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a court in Harare, Zimbabwe [Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters]

Zimbabwean security forces have cleared Harare’s city centre and turned back thousands of commuters and motorists as authorities reinforced restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus following a spike in new cases.

Using loudhailer, police drove around telling people to “leave town and go home”, according to AFP news agency. Shops were ordered closed.

In a statement, police said besides essential services workers, “the rest of the public should stay home in order for the nation to curtail the increase in new Covid-19 cases currently being recorded”.

Coronavirus cases spiked from 34 at the start of May to 203 on Tuesday, with the majority of the cases being citizens returning from abroad. The country has recorded four deaths.

Source: AlJazeera


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