Zimbabwe extends epidemic control but mining industry is expected to resume production
The novel coronavirus pneumonia Emmerson Zimbabwe Mnangagwa will extend its control measures for two weeks on Sunday to curb the spread of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, but mining companies will be allowed to resume work.
Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe's epidemic control measures still need to be implemented because the conditions restricted by the World Health Organization have not been met.
Three of Zimbabwe's 25 new crown confirmed cases have died, but health experts expect data to rise further once authorities test more.
"This is a must-have decision," mnangagwa said live on television
He said the government would allow mining companies to resume power operations, while manufacturing could limit production capacity. Mining companies operating in Zimbabwe include impala platinum holdings and Anglo American platinum.
Zimbabwe began a 21 day blockade on March 30. Most people were confined to their homes, but in poor towns, people went out to look for food, resulting in long lines outside shops.
The blockade has left many citizens without income or food in a difficult situation.