Zimbabwe has further extended the lockdown by two more weeks but has relaxed some of the measures of the lockdown.
Speaking in a live broadcast, Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa stated that the country was now going into stage two of the lockdown where industries will be opening.
The new measures that come with the lockdown extension include the partial easing of the lockdown with businesses operating from 8 am to 3 pm and health authorities screening staff, the mandatory mask wearing of everybody whilst outdoors and the use of disinfected ZUPCO buses into and out of the central business district.
“It is clear that our country is not in a position to reopen schools, colleges and universities. A number of health conditions must be met first to guarantee the safety of pupils, students, teachers and other workers in the education system and the entire nation,” said Mnangagwa.
The President added that exemption letters to get into the central business district will no longer be required though commuter omnibuses and other private taxis will remain banned.
Gatherings will be limited to not more than 50 people and restaurants and other eateries will be allowed to sell food but people would not be allowed to eat on the premises but take away the food.
An ZWL$18Billion economic rescue stimulus package to scale up production in all sectors was also unveiled by President Mnangagwa.
The current extension will expire on Sunday April 3, 2020 and the new extension will start on Monday April 4, 2020.
Zimbabwe went into lockdown on March 30, 2020 and as of May 1, 2020, it had 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with four deaths and five recoveries.