President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that he is likely going to impose further restrictions to arrest the spread of the novel coronavirus.
He made the remarks at State House in Harare this Wednesday where he received various COVID-19 essentials from several corporates.
President Mnangagwa asserted that the anticipated measures will certainly affect production and the economy but was quick to note that saving lives is more important. He said:
The cases of COVID-19 have started to go up. Our neighbours South Africa are experiencing a very difficult situation. We are not yet out of the woods those who do projections say this is just the beginning, an appeal to our nation not to be complacent.
Initially, I declared a national lockdown now that we have been besieged am likely to impose more measures. These measures affect production, affect the economy, but we have to choose between having to suffer and survive and pick up the pieces and move on than have everyone die hoping to save the economy.
Even before COVID-19, we had problems with the economy. The need to save lives is now a priority.
This comes after the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1 064 on Tuesday, with the number of people who have died due to COVID-19, the illness caused by SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus rising to 20.
There has also been a worrying rise in the number of local transmissions of the virus, with some of the cases being nurses working at some of the largest public hospitals in the country.