President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended the national lockdown by a further 14 days saying the country has not met any of the conditions set by the World Health Organisation. The lockdown will now end on the 3rd of May.
Asof 18th April 2020, Zimbabwe has 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and three deaths.
Throughout the chaotic ups and downs of Zimbabwe’s economic crisis, tourism remained a reliable source of income, as foreign tourists flocked to the country’s natural wonders. According to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, 2.5 million tourists generated an estimated US$1 billion in revenue in 2018. While tourism dropped by 11% in 2019, the country remained one of the top tourist destinations in Africa, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Now, the coronavirus pandemic threatens to topple another pillar of the national economy.