HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s vice president has announced the government is imposing a two-week lockdown on the central city of Kwekwe because the COVID-19 variant dominant in India has been detected there.
Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the country’s health minister, issued a statement Friday saying activities in Kwekwe, a city of more than 100,000, will be restricted for two weeks starting Friday.
Bars and beer taverns have been closed and there is a night curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The lockdown also bans public gatherings such as weddings and health officials will supervise all funerals.
Businesses will only be allowed to operate from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., according to Chiwenga’s statement, which was distributed by the ministry of information.