Since March of last year, Zimbabwe, like many other countries, has imposed restrictions and closed schools in an attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19.
After several schools became infected with coronavirus in December of 2020, officials closed them again because many students were getting infected by this virus and in March 2021 Government is deciding to open these schools again in phases.
Zimbabwean people have been struggling with unprecedented growth in the number of reported covid cases since the end of 2020, but the evidence is hazy due to minimal and intermittent monitoring.
As per Johns Hopkins University, reported outbreaks have reached 34,700, It can also be double the number for all of last year, and the virus has killed nearly 1,483 country residents.
Official industries and many other sectors all over the country, have obscure the deeper suffering which was imposed on Zimbabwe’s economy and these sectors employ over 91 percent of total Zimbabwe’s population and is excluded from coronavirus constraints because companies are not deemed “necessary.”
Over 3.5 million Zimbabweans are residing in foreign countries. They transfer payments to Zimbabwe’s banks, which the country’s central bank expects to reach an all-time peak of $1 billion in 2020.
Money transfers were also larger, according to the World Bank, hitting more than $1.9 billion in 2021 and accounting for almost 10% of the country’s economic development.
Given that Zimbabwe is still bogged down in an economic recession before coronavirus struck, and has only been more financially vulnerable since, and these funds act as a lifeline for this country’s economy.
It is getting really hard for people of Zimbabwe to afford simple needs such as rent of their houses or food items, going to other cities to meet their loved ones, there was a gap that needed to be filled by the Zimbabweans who resides in other countries.
However, since due to Covid-19 restaurants in Zimbabwe are instructed to close at 3 during the day. Many customers are trapped inside their home ready to order their food, the business has slowed down drastically during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Over years, the healthcare sector has relied heavily on charity groups such as USAID. Healthcare workers in the community have gone on strike on many instances, particularly throughout this Covid-19 pandemic. Their demand is PPE and decent pay.
Zimbabwe has long suffered from debilitating power failures, which can extend up to 17 hrs. a day in some cases. These power cuts have greatly affect hospitals and people’s life epically hospitals where nurses are now delivering babies under candlelight and doctors have to extend patient’s surgery schedules.
However, this is beginning to improve. The government and other NGOs are installing solar panels on the roofs of over 400 healthcare facilities in Zimbabwe have been working normally, ensuring reliable electricity and displacing inefficient and polluting diesel generators that produces a lot of pollution.