AS THE danger posed by Covid-19 lurks in Makonde district which has been put under a renewed strict lockdown, Chinhoyi residents have heightened vigilance against the lethal disease.
This follows news of the sad passing on due to coronavirus of prominent businessman Jimmy Mxegi Friday.
A snap survey conducted by NewZimbabwe.com Friday, the first day of the revised lockdown, revealed that most shoppers, informal traders, business operators and Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) franchise public transporters were observing the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines that include masking up, hand sanitising and social distancing.
The few ZUPCO kombis plying the route from town to Chikonohono, the most populous suburb, precautionary disinfection of the vehicles was done.
Commuters observed physical distancing as they queued for the kombis which were evidently overwhelmed, forcing some commuters to board illegal taxis.
Although overloaded, the pirate taxi operators argued they were providing an essential service of ferrying members of the public considering the failure by ZUPCO to serve commuters.