The Zimbabwe Republic Police has banned all night prayers, galas, and concerts among other events during the New Year’s Eve tonight saying the country is still under lockdown .
ZRP national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi revealed that they have also banned the use of fire crackers and skidding of vehicles as a way of reducing covid-19 cases.
“As the country joins the rest of the world in celebrating the New Year’s Eve on the night of 31 December 2020, the ZRP cautions the public against the holding of unsanctioned parties, use of fire crackers, skidding of vehicles and beating of bins and drums in residential business and other areas as a way of celebrating the New Year’s Eve,” he said.
He added that the police will intensify patrols , stop and search and blitz on all residential, industrial, farming and other areas where the public will be undertaking various activities in the country.
Meanwhile,the country has recorded 177 new cases of the virus to bring the total number of cases to 13,325. There were 5 new deaths which were recorded and the death toll is now at 359.
The police also urged members of the public to protect children and the girl child from criminal elements during the festive season.
The ZRP has expressed concern over the rape of girls during the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays saying most of those that were raped were mostly aged between 13 and 17.