Hard Times: Earning a Living by the Road Side

Photo: A man putting on a respiratory mask and a woman with surgical gloves sell potatoes by the road side along Kirkman road, Harare on the 15th of April 2019. Zimbabwe is currently in a 21 day lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic which originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019. During the lockdown people are mandatorily required to stay at home so that the spreading of the virus is stopped. However, the government has not put in place compensating measures to cushion people from loss of income during this time. People are therefore putting themselves and others at risk of contracting the virus as they are resuming their ways of earning a living lest their families starve. As of today, close to two million people world wide contracted the virus, five hundred thousand have recovered whilst one hundred and thirty have died.