Speaking in a live broadcast on March 27, 2020, Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa said that though Zimbabwe has recorded low cases, seven with one death as of March 28, 2020, they had observed elsewhere how quickly the virus spreads.
“We are therefore taking a decisive action now, before it is too late,” said President Mnangagwa.
He added that everyone had to stay home except those seeking health services, buying food, medicine and vital supplies as well as those manning essential services whilst soldiers will be deployed to enforce the lockdown.
Public transport, except for the ZUPCO buses, will, under this period, be suspended while motorists will still be allowed to refuel but not to leave their cars.
“Additional treatment and isolation units will be established and testing services will be decentralized to provincial hubs,” the President added.
A toll free hotline, 2019, has been established for those who would want to seek further information in as far as COVID-19 and the lockdown is considered.