The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has started deploying police officers to all places where people are most likely to disregard the lockdown.
National Police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi urged members of the public not to disregard the lockdown as it is being implemented for their safety. He said:
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We are already on the implementation phase, by today (yesterday) officers were being deployed at highways, all point of entries, shopping centres and at places where people are most likely to take advantage of the situation to disregard the lockdown.
What the public should realise is that the lockdown is meant for their safety, security and health therefore it is important that they should heed to the President’s directive.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Health and Child Care spokesperson Donald Mujiri has said testing for coronavirus was free, but people will be screened first before being taken to a health centre. He said:
There are people who may suspect that they have Covid-19 because they have been in contact with a person who has it or simply because they have flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, a high body temperature, breathing difficulties and a headache.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday declared a 21-day total lockdown to commence at midnight (Monday at 0000 hrs) in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.