Harare- Zimbabwe steps up efforts to enforce lockdown regulations following a rise in Covid-19 positive cases over the past week.
Police and army roadblocks were blocking motorists and commuters on Tuesday from entering the central business centre, Newsday reports.
Information permanent secretary Ndavaningi Mangwana revealed that government had thrown away its half-going approach in enforcing the lockdown restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Only government workers such as security services and medical professionals were allowed to enter into the city on Tuesday, while the majority were turned back home.
On his Twitter handle, Mangwana said: “The government has not pronounced a change in lockdown regulations. We are still on level 2 lockdown and permitted economic activity should go ahead. Police are only enforcing the pronounced and gazetted level 2 conditions.”
Cabinet yesterday also resolved: “that enforcement agents should be capacitated to effectively enforce level 2 of the lockdown as there is an increase in the number of people defying the lockdown.”
“The rest of the public should stay at home in order for the nation to curtail the increase in new COVID-19 cases being recorded. Please note that it is not everyone who should be in the CBD. Let us all be security and health conscious in view of the increase of COVID-19 case,” national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi revealed, following police ordering people to stay at home and shops closing.
“Police and other security services have stepped up patrols, roadblocks and surveillance in order to ensure compliance.” he added.
Despite the ‘stay at home’ order by the government in a bid to contain the virus, thousands of people have been finding their way into the city centre as there has been indignation among the informal sector constituting 95% of the country’s workforce who have gone for two months with no source of income.
To date, more than 50 000 people have been arrested so far for contravening lockdown restrictions.