More than 40,000 arrested in Zimbabwe for ‘violating lockdown’


More than 40,000 people have been arrested by Zimbabwean police for breaking the country’s lockdown restrictions, including two journalists who’d been interviewing alleged victims of state torture.

Most of the people who were fined, warned or imprisoned were arrested for breaking the rule on not moving more than 5km from their homes.

Others failed to wear mandatory masks or kept their businesses open.

Zimbabwe has been in lockdown since March 30. Most informal trading is banned, causing great financial hardship for the millions of Zimbabweans who work in the sector.

Official statistics show coronavirus cases remain relatively low with 56 cases recorded, 25 recoveries and four deaths.

Last week, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended the lockdown indefinitely warning that the country remains at risk of a spike in cases. (Source: BBC)