Lockdown Photo: A member of the Johane Masowe Apostolic sect walks past some deserted shops at Whitehouse, two kilometres west of Kuwadzana Extension suburb, Harare at 1842hrs on the 15th of April 2020. Normally at this time, the shopping centre would be teaming with imbibers, merrymakers, sex workers, late night foreign currency traders and travellers going to Riddle Ridge, Lake Chiwero, Granary and surrounding areas. Zimbabwe’s lockdown started on the 30th of March and is expected to end on 19 April 2020. There is uncertainty whether the lockdown shall be extended.
Photo: An N. Richards employee loads some groceries into a wholesale customer’s truck during lockdown on 15 April 2020. Grocery wholesalers are operating during the 21 day lockdown. This is to ensure they meet the grocery needs of a lot of people who may have run out of essentials during the period.
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.
A pharmacy technician putting on a respiratory mask serves customers putting on the same on the eve of a lock down in Harare, Zimbabwe. A 21 day lockdown has since been put in effect because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The virus now known as Covid 19 started in Wuhan China in December 2019. It has spread to every country world wide, and has made many people sick and resulted in many deaths. Many governments have put their countries in lock down to stop its vicious spread.