18 May 2020
Coronavirus pandemic: Zimbabwe has extended the nationwide lockdown indefinitely
The Government of Zimbabwe has extended the nationwide lockdown meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus for an indefinite period. In an address to the nation on 16 May 2020, the country's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe will continue on Level 2 lockdown to enable the country to further strengthen its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Under Level 2 lockdown, industry and commerce have been allowed to reopen under supervision while the informal sector remains closed. Inter-city travel also remains banned and the wearing of protective masks in public places is legally required. According to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Government of Zimbabwe will review the restrictions every two weeks.Zimbabwe imposed its lockdown on 30 March 2020 and has recorded so far 44 confirmed coronavirus cases and four related deaths.