Zimbabwe president extends coronavirus lockdown by two more weeks

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Health workers disinfect a public bus terminus in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 20, 2020. Zimbabwe on Friday reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 after a male from Victoria Falls, who had traveled to the United Kingdom, was tested positive.
Health workers disinfect a public bus terminus in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 20, 2020. Zimbabwe on Friday reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 after a male from Victoria Falls, who had traveled to the United Kingdom, was tested positive. (Photo: Xinhuanet) 

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Sunday extended a lockdown to contain the spread of the new coronavirus by two weeks, saying the country had not yet met conditions set down by the World Health Organization to lift the measures.

Three people have died from the virus out of the 25 confirmed infected in the southern African nation, but health experts expect the figures to rise once authorities ramp up testing.

“It has been a very hard decision that my government has had to take reluctantly,” Mnangagwa said in a live television broadcast.

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