The politics of control in Zim’s Covid-19 times
BY IAN SCOONES
The Covid-19 situation in Zimbabwe has improved since our last report, with infection rates and deaths declining in all areas.
The alert level has been reduced to Level 2, with restrictions relaxed.
At the same time, the vaccination drive has continued apace, with government now mandating all civil servants to take a shot.
So far, just over 20% of the population has received at least one vaccine — mostly from China — although there are big variations across locations and age groups.
The period of Level 4 lockdown during the most recent wave has taken its toll.
During this period, lasting up to September 7, many businesses closed and most public institutions, including schools and colleges, were shut.
This had a big effect on the local economy and many suffered badly.
This included farmers across our sites, who complained bitterly that schools, colleges and…