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Army Joins COVID-19 Lockdown Patrols

Army Joins COVID-19 Lockdown Patrols

Army Joins COVID-19 Lockdown Patrols

The Zimbabwe National Army, Zimbabwe Republic Police and municipal police officers have intensified checkpoints in the Harare Central Business District to minimize unnecessary movements.

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Since the beginning of the 21-day lockdown pronounced by President Mnangagwa, people have been defying the order to stay at home as they flocked into the CBD with no valid reasons.

During the first and second weeks of the lockdown, police have been turning people back to their residential areas at roadblocks.

President Mnangagwa said all nonessential services were expected to completely cease operations during the lockdown, while shops and food open markets would operate under the supervision of health officials.

Municipal police and ZRP officers were deployed at strategic positions to maintain order around the CBD. In a bid to reduce movements, the Army has mounted several checkpoints in the company of the ZRP and municipal officers where people are asked to produce letters of exemption and work-related identities.

From corner Emmerson Mnangagwa Road (Enterprise) and Samora Machel Avenue to Simon Vengesai Muzenda Street there were two checkpoints, while some are mounted on all main routes into the CBD.

People who were walking without valid reasons were detained and questioned. Police are still conducting patrols and spot checks to enforce the COVID-19 induced ban on large gatherings.

To stop the spread of coronavirus, officials are encouraging the public to practice social distancing — staying home, avoiding crowds, keeping two meters apart during gatherings and refraining from touching one another.

President Mnangagwa recently declared COVID-19 a State of National Disaster and postponed major social events.

In addition to food markets, industries producing food, water and sanitary products are also be permitted to remain open.

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