Mnangagwa said this decision came after advice that showed that the country faces “continued potential grave threats to our nation”.
The country, he says, must take drastic action: “The new restrictive routines must be internalised by all of us, regardless of positions in society.”
Among the measures announced:
Funerals to be restricted to 50 mourners
Only food related markets will be allowed to remain open, under the supervision of health officials. All other markets will be closed.
Security forces will be deployed, should it be necessary, to maintain order.
All public transport is suspended. Public Service buses and ZUPCO will be allowed to provide services. However, these will be required to observe social distancing and the necessary sanitation
A toll free hotline, 2019, has been set up
Govt is decentralising COVID19 testing services
In light of shutdowns around the world, Government will galvanise local industry and institutions of higher learning to produce what we can locally; this includes the manufacture of sanitisers, Personal Protective Equipment, medicines and temporary isolation facilities to be used during the emergency
Legal instruments being drawn up against those who cause alarm and despondency through social and other media during the crisis. “Let us all be responsible.”
Employers should show compassion to workers during this time. Govt is working on ways to support businesses to avert recession