PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday adopted sweeping measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, imposing travel restrictions and completely sealing the country’s borders.
The coronavirus outbreak which has been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) claimed its first victim in Zimbabwe on Monday morning.
Journalist Zororo Makamba succumbed to the disease that causes COVID-19 at Wilkins Hospital after being admitted on Saturday exhibiting severe respiratory distress.
In a move to avert more casualties, Mnangagwa has shut down the country’s borders with immediate effect with the exception of cargo.
Returning residents will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine
Mnangagwa has also tightened screws on hospital visitations, reducing one visit per day by one person only.
Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has previously been implementing a two-visitors per patient regime.
Public gatherings whose limit was previously set at no more than 100 people has been reduced to a maximum 50 people.
He encouraged the use of electronic payment methods adding that bars, gyms and social gathering facilities will be monitored.
Workers were encouraged to work from home as much as possible with informal markets advised to reduce activity.