Zimbabwe enters hard lockdown in ‘final push to defeat coronavirus’

There has been a sudden surge in infections and deaths, with 564 new cases and four deaths reported over the past 24 hours.

A YouTube screengrab of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressing the nation on 4 August 2020.

HARARE - As a hard lockdown comes into force in Zimbabwe on Tuesday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the tough measures were a final push against the coronavirus.

The president has urged people to avoid large crowds as videos circulate on social media showing thousands of Zimbabweans thronging the Beitbridge Border Post.

There are police roadblocks on all major roads leading into Harare.

State media said motorists had to queue for up to an hour and police were only allowing those involved in essential services to pass.

Mnangagwa has tweeted that the hard lockdown is a final push to defeat the coronavirus for good.

There has been a sudden surge in infections and deaths, with 564 new cases and four deaths reported over the past 24 hours.

But there are concerns over massive congestion at the Beitbridge border. Videos shared online show thousands of Zimbabweans returning to South Africa paying little regard to the wearing of masks or social distancing.


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