January 3rd , Zimbabwe’s Vice President Mohadi, who took the post of Zimbabwe’s head of state, told the media in his capacity as the acting president that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic should not be careless, and the Zimbabwean people must choose between life and death.
Mohadi said that the Zimbabwean government announced its decision on January 2nd local time to tighten the “lockdown” from now on, and implement measures such as extending the curfew, closing commercial facilities and restricting people’s travel in the next 30 days to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
He called on all Zimbabweans to remain vigilant and strictly implement these initiatives. Mohadi noted that it was regrettable and worrying that some people did not wear masks seriously in public social settings, and urged all Zimbabwean leaders to play an active role in making masks mandatory in public social settings.
Mohadi pointed out that Zimbabwe’s security agencies and health departments will continue to strengthen law enforcement and work tirelessly to get the country out of the current pandemic crisis.
He also said that if there is no special need, he hopes that people will not go out as much as possible.
Zimbabwe is facing a second wave of COVID-19 due to the aggravation of the pandemic in neighboring South Africa and the increase in people’s travel during the New Year holiday.
New cases are increasing. Nearly 1,500 new confirmed cases were added this week, an increase of 63% over the previous week.
According to the pandemic data released by the Ministry of Health of Zimbabwe on January 2, the country has a total of 14,491 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 377 deaths and 11,363 cured cases.