Heal Zimbabwe’s Early Warning and Early Response Situation Room is monitoring how communities are responding to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown which was announced by the President on the 27th of March, 2020.
This report focuses on Harare. The focus on Harare, the capital city, is informed by the increasing number of reported cases, the risk in Harare and the threat it provides to other parts of the country. There is a clear distinction between high density suburbs and the affluent middle and low density suburbs.
Generally in the low and medium density suburbs there were few recorded cases of public gatherings, the open shops provided sanitisers, and emphasised social distance in their queues. There is limited public human interaction as streets are largely deserted. Contrarily, in the high density suburbs life continues as normal as it was before the lockdown, with an increase police and law enforcement agents presence and a number of reported human rights violations.
Public gatherings continue in the majority of areas under monitoring. The areas have higher risks of local transmission at shared community water sources, in the queues for basic commodities, at vegetable vending markets, limited observation of social distancing in the shops.
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Source: Heal Zimbabwe