The government of Zimbabwe has enacted Statutory Instrument (SI) 77 of 2020 which provides that individuals who violate a raft of measures put in place to combat the novel coronavirus.
The SI states that individuals face up to 12-months imprisonment for violating the ban on social gatherings which prohibits more than 50 people to gather. Reads the SI:
Any person partaking at a gathering or convener thereof — (a) partakes in or convenes a gathering knowing that such gathering is prohibited in terms of subsection (1); or (b) refuses to disperse from a gathering after being ordered to disperse in terms of subsection (2)(a); shall be guilty of an offence and liable to fine not exceeding level 12 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or both such fine and such imprisonment.
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The SI is promulgated when Zimbabwe on Monday recorded its first coronavirus death. Previously, Zimbabwe had banned gatherings of people exceeding 99.
Meanwhile, South Africa on Monday announced a 21-day lockdown which will start on March 26 and end on April 16.
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