By Mutsa Makuvaza
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa will later this Saturday address the nation on the national lockdown.
Zimbabwe entered an initial three-week lockdown on 30th March to starve off the spread of the COVID-19, which has so far claimed four lives. The lockdown was subsequently extended by a further two weeks , which were also extended by another week as the nation scaled down to level 2.
The latest extension ends this Sunday, with Zimbabwe now at a total of 42 confirmed cases of the COVID-19. Over 12 recoveries have been recorded, according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
In a statement on social media, State-run broadcaster ZBC advised the President is set to address the nation on the way forward.
The time for the address was not availed, but it is expected to be later in the afternoon.
President Mnangagwa has already hinted on extending the lockdown, saying that he would put people’s lives ahead of saving economy.
However, industry favours easing of the lockdown to allow businesses to recoup some losses of the past seven weeks. The lockdown has shattered an economy struggling with acute shortages of foreign currency, food, electricity and medicines. – Zimbabwe Voice