11 January 2021
PRETORIA – As the second Covid -19 variant has taken a toll around the world, Zimbabwe is no exception as it has also been hard hit with the pandemic which is claiming lives more than the first outbreak.
In light of the surge in Covid – 19 cases, The Zimbabwe Republic Police advices the public that The Ministry of Health and Child Care has informed the police of immediate restrictions on the movement of dead bodies for burial in the country, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi , Senior Staff Officer ( Press, Public and International Relations) said in a statement on Sunday.
Nyathi said that, “According to health officials a dead body will now be buried in the town or city where the death would have taken place. This is being done in order to curtail the spread of Covid 19 pandemic.”
“In this regard, the police will only clear body movements for burial straight from a funeral parlour or hospital / mortuary to the burial site. No body viewing will be allowed. Bodies will not be taken home.” Nyathi emphasised.
Nyathi added that the public is implored to keep a distance as the body is lowered into the grave by either city health or funeral parlour officials. The gravesite will be disinfected before burial.
Police Commanders in all provinces have been advised to ensure that the Government’s directive is complied with. The public is accordingly informed of this important message.
Zimbabwe instituted a second lockdown on 2 January after a recent surge of cases in the country. These included an overall curfew from 18:00 to 06:00, with even essential services premises having to close at 15:00 hours. All gatherings were banned for 30 days except for funerals which were limited to no more than 30 attendees.
According to the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe, as at 10 January 2021, Zimbabwe had 21 477 confirmed cases, including 12, 582 recoveries and 507 deaths.