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Zimbabwe's COVID-19 Taskforce satisfied with public compliance

by Staff reporter
03 Apr 2020 at 08:16hrs | Views
The Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on Covid-19 has applauded the public's high level compliance with Government's directive to stay at home and observe social distancing as the country entered day four of the 21-days of national lockdown yesterday.

Giving an update, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said most people were adhering to the lockdown. She said law enforcement agents were, however, summoned to restore order in a few isolated incidents.

"There is peace still prevailing throughout the country," she said.

In Bulawayo, the Minister said, police had to be called to maintain order where people were queuing for mealie-meal, while in Matabeland South the situation remained calm. This, the minister said, followed the National Foods delivery of 100 tonnes of mealie-meal to Pick n Pay and other shops.

"No force was employed. In fact, the province did not record any case of police brutality or arrests," she said.

The minister also said a well-wisher donated 30 tonnes of mealie-meal in the city. Harare, according to Minister Mutsvangwa remained calm as most shops were closed with few people in the central business district compared to Wednesday. The minister expressed satisfaction with the situation in the city adding that some grocery shops in Avondale were open to the public.

The shops ensured that customers were sanitised at the entrances and observed social distance. Magistrates courts were open to deal with   urgent matters. Minister Mutsvangwa said in all the seven districts of Manicaland, the situation was calm as people observed the measures, while it was the same in Mashonaland Central.

Minister Mutsvangwa, however, said the challenges of mealie-meal in Bindura was being attended to ensure enough supplies.

Mashonaland East was relatively calm with a few people in Ruwa failing to observe the lockdown measures. The minister said the situation is set to improve as the police will move around to raise awareness campaign in the area, for people to adhere to the measures put in place to curtail the spread of the virus.

"We want people who are defying the lockdown in areas like Caledonia opening beer outlets to stop," she said. There were also no incidents in Masvingo and Mashonaland West provinces as people stayed indoors and minimised movements.

Source - the herald