HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s public services are paralyzed as the government ordered a near shutdown of operations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 amid a spike in infections and deaths. The southern African country is on a tight lockdown imposed in early January and last week the government ordered that only 10% of its employees should report for work to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. Usually crowded government offices were deserted on Monday, with officials only attending to emergencies such as issuing burial orders. Some people waited dejected outside government offices, even though guards told them to return home. Four Zimbabwean Cabinet ministers have died of COVID-19 so far, three within the past two weeks.
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