ZiMetro News has learnt that President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be addressing the nation today in a review of Zimbabwe’s national lockdown.
Despite inquiries by this publication, it was not clear what time President Mnangagwa is set to address the nation at the time of publishing.
The announcement that President Mnangagwa will be addressing the nation today, comes after Government’s covid-19 taskforce recommended the tightening of movement into central business districts (CBDs) as part of measures to curb the spread of covid-19.
In recent weeks Mnangagwa has hinted that he would tighten the country’s lockdown despite critics saying this was a move to stop the opposition’s July 31 protests.
In the new national COVID-19 lockdown measures, government has also assumed sole responsibility of intercity travel.
Travelers will need to produce exemption letters, with the exception of civil servants that have been cleared by the Public Service Commission as part of essential services required to come to work while the rest remain under lockdown.
Zimbabwe has also introduced a one year jail term for those absconding quarantine centres whilst house parties and shabeens have been outlawed.
Unnecessary movement in suburbs will now be a criminal offence.
There are reports that Government has ordered the closure of tertiary institutions. Government through the Minister of Higher Education, Amon Murwira has ordered tertiary institutions to comply with the directive by the 24th of July.
The move comes as Chinhoyi University was ordered to close campus activity after one of its lecturers tested positive for Covid-19.
The phased reopening of schools and further reopening of the economy was put on hold following a Cabinet decision.