By Shorai Murwira
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has warned members of the public that parties and drinking sprees are still forbidden under COIVD-19 lock-down regulations.
The police released a statement on Tuesday, sending a warning shot that anyone found breaching the COVID-19 law will face the wrath of
“The ZRP reiterates that the holding of braai parties and beer drinking spree at bars, beer halls and restaurants is banned under the government’s COVID-19 regulations.
“In this regard, all operators who continue to defy COVID-19 health and safety measures will face severe penalties as outlined by the government and should not cry foul on arrest by the police, “ reads the statement with additions that all those who will be found drinking beer at beer halls and restaurants will be arrested.
The country has been on lockdown since March last year but the government later lifted the strict regulations recently.
However, positive cases have been increasing with other boarding schools recording many cases per day.
Health professionals have been also warning the nation of a third wave looming.
Cabinet advises that, as at 26 April, 2021, Zimbabwe’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 38 102, with 35 149 recoveries and 1 560 deaths.
The recovery rate stands at 92.2%. Active cases are 1393.
Law enforcement agents are intensifying efforts to curb the re-emergence of illegal transport operators.
Seventeen thousand seven hundred and twenty seven (17 727) arrests were made countrywide during the week under review for flouting the various lockdown regulations, bringing the total arrested so far to 607 386.
“As part of efforts to prevent a third wave of the COVID-19 Outbreak, engagement of stakeholders and partners is being intensified, with a view to pooling both human and financial resources for more effective responses,” Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said.
“New strategies including focused interventions and intensified community engagements have been adopted.”
“In light of infections experienced in schools, sub-national communication structures have intensified campaigns in COVID-19 hotspots and in cases where community infections are noted.”