2 885 arrested for violating lockdown regulations

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POLICE have so far arrested 2 885 people countrywide for defying COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

The offences include liquor, traffic, opening of businesses and unnecessary movements, police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said.

“Police have since intensified patrols, surveillance and roadblocks with a view of nabbing those openly defying COVID-19 lockdown measures,” Nyathi said in a statement on Wednesday.

No Easter holiday celebrations

Elsewhere, Nyathi urged Zimbabweans to observe the Easter holiday while at home with a view of containing the spread of COVID-19.

“The nation is going to commemorate the Easter Holiday from April 10 to 13, 2020 and at the same time observe the Covid-19 safety and health guidelines which were pronounced by the President of Zimbabwe on March 27,” Nyathi said

“The ZRP is therefore urging all Zimbabweans to observe the Easter holiday while at home with a view of containing the spread of COVID-19 virus,” he added.

Police to impound unexempted cars

Turning to motorists adherence to the 21-day lockdown regulations, Nyathi said the security services have noted with concern an increase in the volume of traffic, with some vehicles being parked in the CBD.

“Such vehicles will be impounded with the owners being arrested and prosecuted,” he said.

“No movement of vehicles or people will be allowed on the country’s roads except those with exemptions. Those with exemptions should also act responsibly and avoid abusing this privilege,” Nyathi concluded.

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