President Emmerson Mnangagwa has banned public gatherings on Independence Day so as to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The country has seen a spike in infections of the virus, with 11 deaths and 236 cases recorded last week, the highest figure in six weeks.
The President appealed to the nation to always uphold the measures put in place by the government and the World Health Organization as the nation is not yet out of the woods.
Zimbabwe will celebrate it’s 41st Independence anniversary on April 18.
In an interview at the State House in Harare yesterday, The President said the Covid- 19 measures that are put in place should be observed and the public should restrain from massive gatherings.
”Whereas I would love to see our population reveling day and night celebrating this freedom, this independence which gives our people dignity and self determination but because of the Covid-19 conditions I appeal to our people to restrain from massive gatherings. let them observe the measures we have put in place.
He added that, the WHO protocols must be observed in order to preserve the lives of the everyone.
”The WHO protocols must be observed. For instance , just now as a result of this Easter that has passed again, there is a spike in cases, therefore l would not encourage our people to assemble in huge groups , let us take these measures and preserve the lives of ourselves, our beloved ones and everyone’s life.” He said.
Last year, President Mnangagwa banned the Independence Day Celebrations that were earmarked for Bulawayo on the 18th of April . It was just a month after Zimbabwe had recorded its first case of Covid -19 .
Mnangagwa said the correct and suitable time for people to enjoy themselves during the Independence Day will come.