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ARTUZ Deliberates on Lockdown

18/04/2020

Zimbabwe is currently under lockdown to curb the increase of corona virus cases. A total of 25 cases have been reported in Zimbabwe with three deaths as of morning, 17 April 2020.

Our members are affected by the lockdown in different provinces. A sample of
200 members responded to a question on whether lockdown should be extended. About 67% respondents said they prefer an extension of the lockdown while 23% were for halting of the lockdown when the gazetted 21 days lapse. Approximately 10% were not sure on their preference citing that it is hinged on Government’s action on social provisions and healthcare.

Reasons given for lockdown extension are centred on reducing chances of wider transmission of the Corona Virus generally keeping the nation safe. The trend of infection cases makes extension inevitable.

Majority of people are living below the poverty datum line, (PDL) and employed in the informal sector therefore, government should exercise it’s responsibility of providing food, healthcare and other social services. People are at high risk of contracting the virus in long queues of basic commodities such as mealie meal. Order should be maintained at shops when people are purchasing the rare and golden commodity, (mealie meal).

Lockdown without effective tracking of infected cases cannot stop the spread of the virus. The government should engage in mandatory testing of everyone who was in contact with the infected people. Testing kits and other COVID-19 materials should be available in every ward.

We recommend an extension with safety nets for the poor and a stimulus package for businesses.

Let’s continue to practice strict hygiene and social distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19

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