Following a spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases within the first few days of the new year, Zimbabwe has reintroduced a 12-hour curfew from 6 pm until 6 am everyday for 30 days.
The new curfew was announced on Saturday by Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. In his address, he stated the reasons for the new development and the need for a curfew, saying:
“We have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, almost double in two months, from 8,374 on 1 November to 14,084 to date. In light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases the following stiff lockdown measures are being put in place with immediate effect,” .
There were also other measures which were reintroduced im the effort to keep the surge of new cases under control, apart from the dawn-to-dusk curfew.
An instance of such measures is that only essential businesses can remain open and all gatherings such as wedding ceremonies or religious services are banned, with the exception of funerals, which are limited to 30 people.
These new measures could potentially do significant harm to the economic situation in Zimbabwe which already was experiencing a tough period. Business owners as well as other stakeholders have expressed concerns over the long term consequences of another lockdown on Zimbabwe’s curent economic situation’
The Vice President, who also doubles as the Health Minister however, Constantino Chiwenga justifies this decision by an increase in coronavirus contaminations which is said to have almost doubled since November — rising from 8,374 cases to more than 14,000.
The new curfew, though somewhat unpopular among the people, would be considered erring on the side of caution on the part of the leadership of Zimbabwe, as the country is one of the countries in Africa and around the world who have taken a heavy bow from the spread of the COVID-19.
Between the incidence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the time thereafter, the country has recorded 369 deaths linked to coronavirus. This, when compared to other numbers from around the globe, might not seem like much, but then, the death toll resulting from a global pandemic is not to be taken as the Olympics.
By Oluwamayowa Akinyemi
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