Security sector personnel comprising of soldiers and police have sealed off Gweru central business district to the public.
Security roadblocks leading into town from Senga and Mkoba/Ascot were turning away both motorists and pedestrians who wanted to get into town except for essential services and those they thought had genuine cases.
Other roadblocks at Mkoba 1 Police Station and Mkoba 12 turn off were also strict on the people passing through.
Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko said the strictness was aimed at enforcing lockdown regulations.
“In view of the spiking of Covid-19 infections, and related deaths we have tightened the enforcement of lockdown regulations,” he said.
“It is viewed that strict compliance with the pronounced measures effectively prevents infections and in the process help in preventing loss of lives.
“Our message is please stay at home unless where it is absolutely necessary.”
Although he could not give details on the number of people arrested, Mahoko said those caught violating the regulations would be arrested and charged.
Residents who spoke to Nhau said the police and soldiers have been a bit heavy handed as some of them had genuine issues like buying food and attending to the bank.
The Government of Zimbabwe on Wednesday last week announced an almost complete shutdown of all its departments following a surge in Covid-19 cases, which has also claimed the lives of three ministers. All ministries except the Ministry of Health and Child Care have been ordered to operate at the barest minimum. Nhau/Indaba
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