Enforcement of the new and intensified lockdown in Mashonaland West was strict yesterday.
Non-essential movement was barred while the curfew has been extended to 6pm to 6am. Business hours have been cut to 8am to 3pm, while public loitering is prohibited.
President Mnangagwa Thursday announced that the Government had been forced to put the three districts on an indefinite localised Covid-19 lockdown after a surge in positive cases and deaths.
Scores of non-essential travellers were denied access into or out of Karoi, Magunje and Kariba towns while three strict 24-hour roadblocks along Chinhoyi-Karoi highway were manned by uniformed and non-uniformed forces, with pirate taxis being and travellers being detained.
At Chanetsa turn-off, which is some 8km before Karoi town, police enforced strict lockdown measures with the team of officers being led by the officer commanding Hurungwe district, Chief Superintendent Helena Mahonde, conducting thorough checks on travellers wanting to enter or leave the local business hub and a major tobacco marketing center.
An awareness campaign team with a public address system patrolled Magunje town where complacency was relatively high as compared to other hotspot areas in the three districts.
The situation was the same a few kilometres after Karoi along the Chirundu highway where security officers enforced the lockdown.
Apart from strict roadblocks that lead into and out of Chinhoyi town, capital of Makonde district and Mashonaland West, there were heavy police and army presence with shops and traders complying with the new normal of closing down business at 3 pm.