'We'll die of hunger first': Despair as Zimbabwe lockdown begins
In a country dealing with a severe economic crisis, many fear steps to curb coronavirus will hit vulnerable people hard.
"We desperately need to get maize now that there is a lockdown," Dzivira told Al Jazeera, holding his son while sitting on the concrete pavement outside a miller's building in central Harare.
He was not alone. Hundreds of others were queueing alongside him on the eve of the start of a three-week lockdown imposed by the government
to contain the spread of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
"All citizens are required to stay at home, with the exception of those seeking health services, buying food, medicine and vital supplies, and those manning our essential services," President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday as he announced the lockdown.
"I know that these measures may seem drastic, and will upset all of our daily lives, but there is no other way," added Mnangagwa, two weeks after declaring a "national disaster" and banning gatherings of more than 100 people.As of Sunday, COVID-19 had infected seven people in Zimbabwe and caused the death of one person, 30-year-old broadcaster Zororo Makamba.Under the lockdown, Dzivira doubts he will be able to go out and find any menial job - his source of income - in and around Harare.
"I don't know how I will be surviving during the lockdown period," said Dzivira whose daily diet comprises three meals of sadza, a corn paste, and vegetables. "I hustle for food every day, and it's going to be a challenge for me and my family."https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/ ... 19081.html