AS of yesterday (Friday) Mutare has not recorded any confirmed case of coronavirus, but President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday in his State address confirmed that so far five cases have been recorded in the country, one in Victora Falls and four in Harare. Only one death has so far been recorded, that of 30 year old broadcaster Zororo Makamba who passed away on Monday.
Regardless of loud calls and ‘subtle’ awareness measures effected by Government since the first case of Coronavirus was confirmed, the majority of the populace has been taking the pandemic casually, especially those in urban settings, and in Mutare this was evidently the case throughout the week even after news of the first death case broke on Monday.
Below are some pictures taken this week from Wednesday upto today (Saturday) which best explains how some residents of Mutare are taking COVID-19 lightly, justifying the pronouncement made yesterday evening by President Mnangagwa for a 21 days shutdown starting on Monday 30 March.(Picture credit: Ngoni Dapira)
Business as usual on Wednesday as people were crowded at downtown shops in Mutare and not observing social distancing.
Hygiene concerns at food markets should be prioritized in the wake of COVID-19, especially where people do not use protective clothing.
Ignorance of social distancing by vendors at Sakubva Produce Market who were in a closed up space chatting on Wednesday.
A vendor eating her lunch on Thursday at the Chigodora rank vegetable market, but takes no caution of the exposed environment she is in, against the epidemic COVID-19 as she was serving customers, collecting their cash and continuing with her meal without washing hands.
An unidentified man cooking his mixed meat grill popularly known as gango outside a bottle store at the Sakubva bus terminus on Friday. Life is going on as normal for him when people are being urged to stay home and keep safe.
Some careful shoppers wore masks whilst shopping for vegetables at Sakubva Produce Market on Friday. Most people remain ignorant of how the virus can spread from close contact.
Women putting their children at risk by taking them to Sakubva Bus Terminus where it is overcrowded and often busy.
People waiting outside a pharmacy in Mutare today (Saturday). This pharmacy was following instructions by Government to control the number of people inside public spaces such as supermarkets, pharmacies and public transport.