Covid -19 latest: Localised lockdown in Mashonaland West districts

THE President has locked down Makonde, Hurungwe and Kariba districts to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Two senior government officials from the areas have died from the deadly virus.

Health experts this week warned that Bulawayo may follow suit if people continue to be complacent and ignore health protocols.

There has been a surge in Covid cases in Zimbabwe and Government has come up with measures to arrest the spread of Covid-19.

In a statement read on his behalf by the Vice President who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care General (Rt) Dr Constantino Chiwenga, President Mnangagwa said the measures have been necessitated by the rise of cases in Mashonaland West where on Monday there were 38 new cases, on Tuesday the figure went up to 115 new cases and on Wednesday they were 105 new cases.

The President said measures in the three districts would be tighter including banning people from loitering in public places and decongesting workplaces to 25 percent.

Funerals will be supervised by health authorities, a curfew will be in effect from 1800hrs to 0600hrs while business operating hours have been reduced to operate between 0800hrs and 1500hrs.

Public transport will carry half their capacity and there will be no face to face meetings.

Every employee of a tobacco auction floor has to have a negative PCR or rapid antigen Covid-19 test not older than 10 days.

Hotels and lodges will provide room service only while bars, beerhalls and nightclubs are closed. Bottle stores will operate from 1000hrs to 1500hrs.

Kwekwe in the Midlands Province is also under a localised lockdown.

Read the full statement below:

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