“In addition, members of the public are implored to do their shopping within a five-kilometre radius of their residence to acquire basic necessities like food, gas and medicine.“The public should also make prior arrangements to obtain assistance for themselves or someone to whom they are related or have a duty of caring for.“This includes an ill person whom they are related to or take care of for purposes of rendering medical assistance or whom they provide for,” Nyathi said.
“The figures we are being given are those that are easy to get. Imagine what happens in the rural areas when someone dies at home.“The elders gather and confirm death, while the village head can agree to have the deceased buried without taking him or her for a post-mortem.“All that is done is to write a letter to the registrar general’s office requesting a burial order. You can imagine how many people are being buried that way,” Musara told the Daily News.
Meanwhile, police commissioner-general Godwin Matanga has warned commuter omnibus operators, bottle stores, shebeen operators “and those who may try to come up with various excuses to break the curfew which the police and other security services are strictly enforcing that arrests will be effected”.