26 398 arrested for violating lockdown regulations

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A TOTAL 26 398 people have so far been arrested for violating the national lockdown regulations mainly for unnecessary movements, police said on Tuesday.

“We urge the public to stay at home, save for those who have been exempted to provide essential services i.e medical,mining and retail sectors,” police said in a statement.

“Replenishing of supplies should be done at the nearest shops/within a 5 km radius and gathering for the purpose of consuming alcohol at shopping centres/private residents is illegal. The police will arrest all those who violate the law.”

Police implored Zimbabweans to observe lockdown guidelines that include movement restrictions and social distancing to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Government has said movement restrictions under Covid-19 lockdown are meant to ensure that Zimbabweans are safe, healthy and protected from the coronavirus.

Police have previously expressed concern over people still organising parties and operating and visiting shebeens.

The ministry of Home Affairs says besides arrests, security agents are conducting awareness campaigns in all parts of the country to conscientise people on the need to comply with Covid-19 safety measures.

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