The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has announced that it arrested over one million six hundred people between 30 March 2020 and 27 March 2022.
Zimbabwe recorded the first case of coronavirus in March 2020 forcing authorities to impose lockdowns and other stringent measures meant to curb the spread of the respiratory disease.
Some of the measures include wearing facemasks, maintaining social distancing. Individuals who were not considered “essential services” were barred from getting into towns while intercity travelling was suspended for some time. In a statement, seen by Pindula News, police said:
The ZRP reports that on 27/03/22, 1 646 people were arrested for violating COVID-19 related offences. The cumulative number of arrests since 30/03/20 stands at 1 613 796.
Coronavirus cases in the country have been going down in recent weeks.
Authorities continue to warn members of the public against complacency saying that will likely trigger another wave of the coronavirus.
The police also reported that 96 people were arrested on operation ‘No to Machete Gangs’, bringing the cumulative arrests to 13 752 since 1 January 2022.
Meanwhile, 512 people were arrested on operation ‘No to Cross Border Crimes’ bringing the cumulative number of arrests since the 1st of January this year to 132 206.
The police also reported that 203 arrests were made under the ongoing operation targeting unlicensed and unregistered motor vehicles, bringing the cumulative arrests to 45 101.