Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that the country will go into lockdown from Monday in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus.
So far, the country has recorded five cases and one death, 30-year-old journalist Zororo Makamba. The low number of cases though “need not induce complacency”, Mr Mnangagwa said in an address to the nation.
For three weeks from Monday, Zimbabweans will be required to stay at home, except to buy food and access vital health services.
Security forces will be used to ensure that the lockdown is enforced.
The president’s announcement came on the day that neighbouring South Africa began its own 21-day lockdown.
There are 1,170 cases of coronavirus in South Africa and two people have died from Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.
You can see Mr Mnangagwa’s president’s speech here:
Earlier, the central bank said people could use US dollars again, reversing last year’s ban on foreign currencies – a move aimed at supporting the already struggling economy against the effects of coronavirus.