Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced a closure of all borders for both inbound and outbound traffic except returning residents in move to combat the coronavirus.
In a statement he said the move is to curb the Covid-19 spread saying:
While our borders remain open to essential traffic, both in the interests of our economy and that of corresponding economies in our region, we have decided to ban non-essential travel and traffic, both inbound or outbound except for the movement of cargo. The government will close all our borders to human traffic. This, however, will not affect returning residents,
There is also a discouragement of non-essential domestic travel.
Informal markets will not be closed although visiting them should be limited. Visits to hospitals will be limited to once per day with one person per patient.
With immediate effect, the government has put a blanket ban on gatherings around nightclubs, bars, beerhalls, movie houses, swimming pools, gymnasiums and sporting activities until further notice.
Gatherings will not be for more than 50 people or less he said, contradicting new regulations published on Monday which prohibits all gatherings for whatever purpose.
The President also added that health personnel will be deployed to conduct random screening while public transport will undergo occasional decontamination.