Schools were supposed to reopen on 28 June i.e. towards the end of last month. That didn’t happen as the number of COVID-19 cases surged. The government pushed back their reopening for the second term by two weeks. This means that schools were supposed to reopen this past Monday but the number of cases have continued to balloon and to no one’s surprise the government has decided to postpone the reopening of schools.

Now provisionally schools will reopen on the 26 of July later this month. That also seems unlikely unless there is a dramatic fall in the number of daily cases. Yesterday Zimbabwe recorded a shocking 2 845 cases up from the previous day’s 2 661. The country also recorded 38 and 51 deaths during the same period respectively.

Currently, the country is under a level 4 lockdown with strict curfews in place during dark hours of the day. Intercity travel is now also banned with long-distance buses no longer allowed on the road. Businesses are operating from 8 AM each morning and are supposed to close at around 15L00 hours.

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