Zimbabwe returns to restrictions amid rise in virus cases
Zimbabwe’s 7-day rolling average of daily new cases has risen over the past two weeks from 0.90 new cases per 100,000 people on Dec. 19 to 1.47 new cases per 100,000 people on Jan. 2.
Funerals are now limited to 30 people while other gatherings such as weddings and church services are banned for 30 days. Restaurants and beer taverns have also been closed.
The government has postponed indefinitely the opening of schools for a new term that was supposed to start on Monday, Jan. 4.
Airports will remain open to travelers who produce recent certificates showing they are free of COVID-19. Travel between Zimbabwe’s cities is restricted to “essential services” while land borders are open for commercial cargo and vehicles transiting to other countries only.
But the new measures seem to have done little to reduce the country’s general atmosphere of complacency.
Despite warnings, people gathered in large numbers for New Year’s Eve revelries.
[Source: Washington Post]