Zimbabwe will undergo a “dark-to-dawn” daily curfew, during which only essential services will be allowed to operate. Mnangagwa said that from today, businesses will open between 8am-3pm, while all non-working sections of the population will be required to stay at home except for the purposes of securing food, water and health services. Only registered small to medium enterprises which have been allocated work places will be allowed to operate, and must comply with the parameters and protocols set by the World Health Organisation. Fresh food markets will also be allowed to remain open. The new measures will be in place until further notice and will be reviewed once the situation has improved, said Mnangagwa. As at 20 July 2020, Zimbabwe had 1 713 confirmed cases, including 472 recoveries and 26 deaths.
More than 105,000 people have been arrested in Zimbabwe since March for violating regulations aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, police say. Around 1,000 were arrested in the last two days for “unnecessary movement” or for not wearing face masks. Critics accuse the government of using the measures to target the opposition and arrest activists, which it denies. Opposition and civil society groups are mobilising for nationwide protests on 31 July to demand that President Emmerson Mnangagwa step down.
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