Zimbabwe is on day one of the 21-day national lockdowns which was declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last Friday, and the streets of Harare, Bulawayo and other cities have no sign of life at all.
Vending stalls have also been deserted and commuter omnibuses have been parked away at homes or garages as Zimbabweans heeded the order to stay home as a way to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
In Harare, major supermarkets were shut down Monday morning, and so were all the banks and office buildings.
In the high-density suburb of Warren Park, human life was sparse, but the booming sound of radio from the homes could be heard as people kept themselves entertained while observing the lockdown.
The city’s major roads barely had any traffic.
The second City of Bulawayo also resembled a deserted town, with virtually no sign of life as well.
The city’s flea markets, which bustle with dust, life and business on any other day, were also deserted as residents stayed home.
The roads in the city were also clear of traffic with the occasional car pulling up after a long while.
Among the stringent measures placed by the Presidential decree is that no vehicle is to carry more than two people unless there is a special circumstance warranting that, and subject to approval by lockdown monitoring authorities.
Delivery vehicles which include cargo planes and delivery trucks are not allowed to carry any passengers for the duration of the lockdown.
Members of the Zimbabwe National Army will be assisting civilian law enforcement agencies to ensure maximum compliance with the lockdown.
Zimbabwe currently has seven confirmed cases of the COVID-19, including one death, according to the latest update released by the Ministry of Health and Child Care early on Monday, 30th March 2020.
However, cases might rise in the coming days as some of the cases have had contact with people who might not yet be showing any symptoms of the virus infection.
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