Zimbabwe bans sale of pre-owned clothes because of coronavirus

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Zimbabwe has banned the importation of second-hand clothes into the country.

This came after Cabinet was briefed on smuggling rackets in south-eastern Zimbabwe amid fears, that could see a surge in Covid-19 cases.

As Zimbabwe’s economy continued on the downward spiral, most Zimbabwean had resorted buying second hand clothes. 

The move though ideal in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, would affect those who survive on cross border activities, which are currently on suspension.

In her briefing after the meeting, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said; 

“The apparent increase in the smuggling of second-hand clothes into the country through border posts such as Mt Selinda and Sango poses unprecedented danger of contracting COVID-19 by those who wear them. Government will henceforth upscale the enforcement of the law banning the importation of second-hand clothes.”

Turning to price hikes, she said: “Cabinet noted with concern the surging in prices of basic goods despite the recently agreed price moratorium by all the stakeholders,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

During the meeting, Ministers  also presented reports on the 100-day priority projects. Cabinet noted that some of the projects were hampered by the Covid-19 lockdown.

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