Zimbabwe extends Covid lockdown

Zimbabwe has extended by two weeks a strict lockdown put in place to contain a deadly third wave of coronavirus.

The lockdown has been in place since June to control the spread of the virus.

A dusk to dawn curfew will remain in place and restaurants are still closed to sit-in customers.

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa acknowledged that while there had been notable decrease in infections, more was needed to reduce the numbers further.

The government recorded 319 new cases and 27 deaths on Tuesday.

There have been 123,320 infections and 4,320 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

The third wave has been the deadliest so far, accounting for over 60% of total deaths.

Authorities have urged Zimbabweans to get vaccinated.

So far over 1.5 million people have been fully vaccinated against a target of 10 million, or 60% of the population.

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