ZRP has arrested over 40 000 people for defying lockdown restrictions since the lockdown started, The Herald reports. On Sunday ZRP reportedly arrested 1219 people countrywide for different offences related to defying restrictions set in place by the government to curb spreading COVID-19.
ZRP National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi shed more light on the arrests by saying:
Police arrested 274 people across the country yesterday(Sunday) for not wearing face masks in public. Wearing of masks in public is now a legal requirement and we have been urging members of the public to be compliant with the new health regulations but there are some people who are disregarding this and not taking our messages seriously.
We continue to urge the nation to always adhere to the set Covid-19 regulations. We also remind the nation that the police are there to enforce the law and those caught on the wrong side of the law will be arrested.
According to the publication of the 1219 people arrested on Sunday:
- 14 were arrested for liquor related offences,
- 43 under the Road Traffic Act,
- 68 for opening businesses without exemption letters,
- 754 for unnecessary movements,
- 15 for gathering,
- 274 for failing to wear masks,
- 61 for violating the Miscellaneous Offences Act.
The country is in its 8th week of the lockdown that started on 30 March. 56 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Zimbabwe so far.
More: The Herald