Zimbabwe on tight lockdown after post-holiday Covid surge

Covid Zimbabwe

People queue at a money transfer service  in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on March 31, 2020, on the second day of a lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

Photo credit: Zinyange Auntony | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Vice President Constantino Chiwenga Saturday said only essential service providers, such as hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets, will remain open for the next 30 days.
  • Earlier, the government said health facilities were overwhelmed by the surge in Covid-19 cases and were turning patients away.

Zimbabwe has imposed a new national lockdown following a surge in Covid-19 cases during the festive season, with authorities warning that health facilities are overwhelmed.

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