Zimbabwe has reviewed the business operating hours and curfew time to 16:30 hours and 20:00 hours respectively. Previously, the southern African nation imposed a night curfew from 6pm to 6am for all but essential services and a retreat to 8am to 3pm working hours for exempted businesses.
Commuters have been struggling to beat the curfew time due to prevailing transport challenges in the country. “Having noted the plight of the public and the need to lessen the risk of contracting Covid-19, Cabinet directed as follows: that the business hours which were ending at 15:00 hours be revisited to end at 16:30 hours and the curfew to be extended to 2000 hours,” Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said.
“Public transport drivers undergo regular COVID-19 PCR tests and that public transport buses be allowed a dedicated lane at roadblocks to expedite their passage.” Cumulative rapid screening and PCR tests conducted as of 17 August, 2020 are 183 163 (99 651 RDT and 83 51299 (PCR).
The country has now 5 308 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The cumulative number of confirmed cases has risen by 30% from the previously reported 4 075 to 5 308 positive cases. The number of those recovered from COVID-19 has increased by 279% from 1 016 to 3 848. However, the number of deaths has risen by 93% from 70 to 135.